Nord Stream pipeline reaches European mainlandNews // July 19, 2010
The first pipe string for the Nord Stream Pipeline was pulled ashore on 3 July.
“This construction phase was important and exciting for us, not just from a technological point of view. It also has a symbolic significance, as the Nord Stream Pipeline has now reached the European mainland for the first time and, moreover here in Lubmin, the point where WINGAS is planning and already building the natural gas transfer station and the OPAL and NEL onshore pipelines,” said Dr Georg Nowack, Nord Stream AG project manager for Germany.
Since 28 June work has been underway on the pipelay vessel Castoro Dieci (C10) to weld together the 12m long pipes to form the first pipeline string.
The pipeline, which is thus growing at up to 24m per hour, is pulled ashore with the aid of a heavy-duty draw winch mounted on land. The winch itself weighs 100 tonnes and in this project it is working with its maximum traction force of around 500 tonnes.
This is also necessary in order to pull ashore the pipeline string, which is now around 1,000m long and weighs around 2,000 tonnes.