Pipe-laying vessel joins construction on Blue Stream gas pipeline

Aug 06, 2001 02:00 AM

The massive pipe-laying vessel Saipem 7000 sailed from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea to join construction work on the route of the Blue Stream gas pipeline. An official ceremony as the ship passed through the Bosporus was attended by Russian Vice-premier Viktor Khristenko, Gazprom Chairman Aleksei Miller, First Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Avdeyev and representatives of the Turkish government.
Navigation was halted in the Bosporus as the giant ship -- 195 metres long and 87 metres wide -- passed through the strait. Two 130-metre-high cranes with a capacity of 7,000 tons each had to be partly dismantled to allow the ship to pass below the two bridges across the waters.

Under the Blue Stream project, Russian natural gas will be delivered to Turkey via a 1,213 km pipeline straddling Russian and Turkish territory and under the sea. It will lie on the sea bed, 2 km down. The pipeline is due for commission in the first half of 2002. Its maximum capacity will pump 16 bn cm of Russian gas a year.

Source: Itar-Tass via Newspage
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