Nord Stream 2 AG has awarded Allseas Group an offshore pipelay contract for the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline. The company will use three pipelaying vessels – Pioneering Spirit, Solitaire and Audacia, to complete the project.
The contract follows the letter of intent both parties agreed to last December. Other tenders, including the near-shore pipelay tenders in Russia and Germany, are still in progress.
“This is another key milestone for Nord Stream 2,” Henning Kothe, Chief Project Officer of Nord Stream 2 AG, said. “I am pleased that we have secured the necessary pipelay capacity for the project in the highly specialised offshore pipelay market. Following the award decisions in 2016 for pipe supply and for coating & logistics, we now have the major contracts in place to complete the project on schedule.”
The Nord Stream 2 project is proceeding as planned, including engineering, procurement, surveys, environmental impact assessments and permitting. Pipe production for the project is ongoing, with 298 miles of pipe expected to be produced by the end of Q1 2017. The project is expected to be operational in 2019.