Pioneering Spirit lays over five kilometres of Baltic gas pipeline a day
According to Allseas, daily production rates on the Pioneering Spirit exceed expectation with the vessel able to install more than five kilometres of the Baltic gas pipeline every day. The 105-kilometre-long 32-inch Baltic Pipe is being installed in Danish waters.
Three supply vessels are working round the clock to deliver the 8500 pipe joints required to complete the 105-kilometre offshore section for Danish utilities provider Energinet. The Baltic Pipe will transmit natural gas from Norway to Poland, Denmark, Sweden, the Baltic states and Central and Eastern European regions. The tie-in to the Norwegian supply source will be established by means of the offshore pipeline Allseas will install. The pipeline will be connected to the existing North-South infrastructure in the North Sea – Europipe II – which currently connects Norway and Germany.
The current 24-hour best of the Pioneering Spirit is close to six kilometres. The means the crew welds, tests and coats some 200 metres of 32-inch diameter steel pipeline every hour, or 3.5 metres every minute.