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South Stream Transport orders 75,000 steel pipes for offshore pipeline

30th January 2014

South Stream Transport has contracted three pipe mills to provide over 75,000 steel pipes for the first line of their offshore pipeline

South Stream Transport orders 75,000 steel pipes for the first line of the South Stream Offshore Pipeline

Netherlands-based South Stream Transport has contracted three pipe mills to provide over 75,000 steel pipes for the first line of the South Stream Offshore Pipeline. It will start at the Russian Black Sea coast near Anapa and end at the landfall in Bulgaria near Varna.

The pipeline will be made up of four parallel tubes of 931 kilometres each, with a diameter of 32 inch and steel walls 39 mm thick.  Germany’s Europipe will provide 50 per cent of the pipes, Russia’s OMK will supply 35 per cent, and Russia’s Severstal’s Izhora Pipe Mill will furnish another 15 per cent.

The contracts have a total value of approximately 1 billion euros. They will the cover production of over 75,000 steel pipes of 12 metres for the first pipeline.

The South Stream Transport began in June 2013, which involved the supply of pipes for the first line, particularly pipe mills from Europe and Asia. In order to be considered suitable as a potential supplier, each bidder had to prove its technical capability and go through a pre-qualification process, which required the production of multiple pipe samples.

Grégoire Richez, the commercial director of South Stream Transport said, “We witnessed the production and tested samples from each company that participated in the tender, and each bid was evaluated by a team of international experts. As a result, we could contract sufficient quantities of pipe at competitive prices, while ensuring that our high quality standards are met.”

The first pipes will be sent to storage yards at the Bulgarian coast of the Black Sea in the summer of 2014. Every pipe section will be tested under high pressure using water before it leaves the factory floor in order to certify that it is adequate enough to be used for the offshore pipeline.

 

 

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