EUROPIPE Delivers High-quality Pipes for Nord Stream 2
- 90,000 pipes will be produced in the pipe mill in Mülheim, securing a production workload for over 20 months
- Pipe deliveries by rail to the island of Rügen, Germany, started in late October
Nov. 21, 2016 | Mülheim/Zug | EUROPIPE GmbH is again the largest supplier of pipes for the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline, having secured the production of 90,000 out of a total of 200,000 high-quality large-diameter pipes. This production volume will be enough to ensure a solid workload for at least the next 20 months in the pipe mill in Mülheim. EUROPIPE will supply 1,134 km of pipes with an overall weight of 890,000 tonnes, or around 46 percent of the pipes required for the pipeline.
Salzgitter Mannesmann and Dillinger Hüttenwerke began with the mass production of steel plates at the end of August 2016. These are needed for the production of the pipes with a constant internal diameter of 1,153 mm. Before delivery, each pipe receives an internal coating to minimise friction, as well as an external coating consisting of three layers of polyethylene to prevent corrosion. The pipes meet the highest international quality standards and are certified by TÜV Nord.
Rail pipe deliveries from Mülheim to the logistics hub in Mukran, on the German island of Rügen, started at the end of October 2016. Over the coming weeks, 148 pipes will be delivered per day, transported by a train comprising of 37 wagons. Once they reach Mukran, the pipes will undergo concrete weight coating and be transported to the storage facility.
The Nord Stream 2 project is proceeding as planned. The contracts for pipe deliveries were awarded in April 2016, while those for pipe coating and logistics were signed in September. The start of concrete coating of the pipes is planned in spring 2017.