The ship Castoro Sei is less than 8 kilometers from the Polish shore. It’s laying the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline on the bottom of the Baltic Sea.
Saipem’s Castoro Sei and a fleet of auxiliary vessels are already clearly visible from the shore in Pogorzelica, where the landfall of Baltic Pipe has been prepared.
In a few days, the process of bringing the gas pipeline ashore will begin – said Tomasz Stępień, the President of the gas transmission operator – Gaz-System, to journalists in Pogorzelica.
During the operation, Castoro Sei will weld a section that, using a special winch with a rope more than 100 mm thick, will be pulled ashore through a pre-drilled tunnel. Finally, this section will be welded to the section previously laid on the bottom.
“On the Baltic Sea, there will be only a fragment left to build off the coast of Danish Zealand. Gaz-System is also responsible for this part of the construction. The entire construction of the “Polish” part of the Baltic Pipe will be completed by the end of the year,” stressed President Stępień.
Baltic Pipe is a strategic project to create a new route for natural gas supplies from Norway to the Danish and Polish markets and end-users in neighboring countries. The pipeline will be able to transport 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually to Poland and 3 bcm from Poland to Denmark. The investors are the transmission operators: Danish Energinet and Polish Gaz-System.