Russia-to-Germany Nord Stream pipeline to close for two weeks

13 April 2012 18:03  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--The Russia-to-Germany Nord Stream pipeline will close for two weeks from 15 April to allow for an adaptation of its control systems, the Nord Stream consortium said on Friday.

“Control systems will be adapted to integrate the twin pipelines into a single automated twin-pipeline gas transport system, at the same time as pipe-laying of the second pipeline is completed and pre-commissioning started,” the Switzerland-based consortium said in a press release.

“Pipe-laying of the second of the twin 1,224-km [761-mile] pipelines is about to be completed, and the three sections will be joined underwater off the Finnish coast in mid-May and off the Swedish coast in early June.

"Pre-commissioning and commissioning of the second pipeline will take place over the summer, and the second line is on schedule to become operational as part of the integrated twin-pipeline system towards the end of the year,” it added.

The first line of Nord Stream, which transports Siberian gas directly to Germany from Russia via a route under the Baltic Sea, was launched last November by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

The second line will double Nord Stream’s capacity to 55bn cubic metres/year [55bcm/year] of gas.

By: Will Conroy
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