12 August 2019

Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Ends to Be Welded Together near Rugen Island

The pipelaying vessel Castoro 10 is currently located off Rugen to tie together the two ends of a Nord Stream 2 pipe string.

The two pipe-ends will be lifted out of water and then aligned and welded together from a working platform attached to the pipelaying vessel. The weld seams will be then ultrasonically tested and coated with a safe anti-corrosion protection. Afterwards, the pipe string will be placed back on the Baltic seabed. With optimal weather conditions and smooth operations, the procedure takes two to three weeks. 

Works on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline continues to proceed as scheduled. Altogether more than 1,700 kilometres (over 70 percent) of both pipe strings have been laid in accordance with the existing permits in the waters of Germany, Sweden, Finland and Russia.



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