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Baltic Pipe – construction of a gas pipeline on the bottom of the Baltic Sea

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The construction of the Baltic Pipe is progressing. More than 70 percent of the offshore part of the gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea is already laid, said representatives of the official account of the Polish part of the project. Castorone crossed the border of the Danish and Polish Exclusive Economic Zones in the Baltic Sea and completed construction.

Castorone and Castoro Sei are not slowing down. Today we will exceed 200 km – underlined in the Twitter post. The entire route at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, from the Polish coast to the Danish island of Zealand, is 275 km long.

Baltic Pipe – construction status

Laying the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea started at the end of June. The pipes are laid by the ships Castorone and Castro Sei belonging to the Saipem concern. The Polish gas transmission system operator, Gaz-System, is responsible for the construction of this section of the Baltic Pipe, all the way to the Danish coast.

Castorone is the largest ship involved in the construction of an offshore gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea. As explained, it uses a dynamic positioning system, thanks to which it is possible to maneuver it with high accuracy. It is over 300 meters long and almost 40 meters wide, and it can take up to 700 people on board. It also has a helipad and several stations for welding individual sections of pipes and connecting them into the target gas pipeline.

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According to the plans, the gas pipeline is to start operating on October 1, 2022.


Baltic Pipe

Baltic Pipe is a strategic project that is to create a new route of natural gas supplies from Norway to the Danish and Polish markets and to end users in neighboring countries. The gas pipeline will be able to transport 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually to Poland and 3 billion cubic meters from Poland to Denmark.

The investors are transmission operators: Danish Energinet and Polish Gaz-System.


Main photo source: Energinet

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