Russia has its own pipe layers: options for completing the Nord Stream 2


Recently we informed that Washington’s sanctions against Nord Stream 2 entered into force and the gas pipeline was stopped. And so, the American news agency S&P Global Platts Analytics decided to find out how Moscow will be able to complete the remainder of the pipeline, which is 92% ready.


It should be noted that the agency is not registered as an independent legal entity, but is only a division of the American publishing group McGraw-Hill, which includes the international rating agency Standart & Poor's, S&P Dow Jones Indices and the analytical and consulting firm S&P Capital IQ.

In April 2014, the agency’s head office was relocated from New York (USA) to the Canary Wharf business district in London (UK). About 15 thousand employees work in 1 agency offices located in the world's largest energy trade centers. It is an influential quotation agency in the global oil and petroleum products market, specializing in publishing price quotes for various raw materials, including natural gas and industrial metals.

So, the agency named the most likely contender for the completion of Nord Stream-2 the Russian pipe-laying barge (TUB) Fortuna (operator Mezhregiontruboprovodstroy, MRTS JSC), which is located in Germany in the port of Mukran. However, as the agency found, this vessel does not have a dynamic positioning system that allows it to be held in a given position.

The thing is that Fortuna is an anchor barge with a 12-point positioning system for the construction of offshore pipelines. It was built at a shipyard in Shanghai in 2010. It underwent modernization in 2011 and is capable of laying pipes at depths of up to 200 meters, at a speed of about 1 km per day. But, according to Danish law, all vessels in its waters must be equipped with dynamic positioning systems, even if they do not need them. So the retrofit will take time and some money.

In addition, the Russian pipe-laying vessel (not the river-sea barge) Akademik Chersky may take up the completion of Nord Stream-2. It is located in the Far East in Nakhodka and is disposed of by Gazprom Fleet. This vessel has a dynamic positioning system, but it will be able to arrive at the place of work no earlier than after 1,5-2 months.

It should be recalled that the Akademik Chersky pipe-laying vessel was laid in China (at the Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry) by the order of the Nigerian company Sea Trucks Group Limited (STG), as a multi-purpose auxiliary construction vessel. In March 2015, the vessel “Jascon 18” prudently bought (bought from Nigerians) the Russian “Mezhregiontruboprovodstroy” (JSC “MRTS”), which rebuilt it for pipe-laying works and renamed it “Academic Chersky”.
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  1. Gadlei Offline
    Gadlei 22 December 2019 13: 56
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    It was necessary to drive the pipe layer earlier.
    1. kapitan92 Offline
      kapitan92 (Vyacheslav) 22 December 2019 20: 00
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      Quote: Gadlei
      It was necessary to drive the pipe layer earlier.

      Where to drive something? laughing
    2. NordUral Offline
      NordUral (Eugene) 23 December 2019 09: 23
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      For this, GAZPROM is not too brainy.
  2. Fortuna must be modernized, and the Swiss kicked into the neck without paying!
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  4. Vitali r Offline
    Vitali r (Vitali R) 23 December 2019 06: 33
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    It is necessary to drive not the pipe layer, but all the snickering majors from politics. These fat-faced people are to blame for the fact that Russia does not have its pipe layers, its turbines for state district power plants, and engines for aircraft. Russia that under Yeltsin, that under Mr. Pu, supports the economy of its enemies.
    1. NordUral Offline
      NordUral (Eugene) 23 December 2019 09: 26
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      It is necessary to return socialism and to reduce the export of energy and raw materials as much as possible (unless for modernization). With these we will end badly.
      1. Aleksey Glotov Offline
        Aleksey Glotov (alexey glotov) 23 December 2019 12: 01
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        It is necessary to return Stalin and the NKVD))).
        1. A.Lex Offline
          A.Lex (Secret information) 23 December 2019 12: 50
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          Lesh, the IVS, of course, was a brilliant politician, but with his return the SYSTEM of the “unfinished civil war” (all against everyone), mistakes in the appointment of personnel that allowed the power structures to carry out punitive measures against their own population (short time, BUT WERE SAME !!!) .....
          Therefore, namesake, you already specify - WHAT PERIOD OF MANAGEMENT OF IVS?
          1. Arkharov Offline
            Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 23 December 2019 13: 47
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            A short time?!!!! Somehow very modest.
          2. gore Offline
            gore (Alexander) 24 December 2019 11: 42
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            Another singer of the four words: 37, terror and Beria circle ...
            Maybe stop blowing a pipe without knowing a single note? Stalin spread rot on what is now called the government and the State Duma, along with the trash that is now called chinodraly.
            Comrade Stalin's only mistake was that he didn’t shoot enough, not enough ...
            1. A.Lex Offline
              A.Lex (Secret information) 25 December 2019 21: 45
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              Sasha, i.e. you say that everyone who received executions before 1938 (and that’s 642.980 ... but these were just sentencing sentences (and not executed) for a minute) were the “government and the State Duma” (where the “State Duma” was from that time? it is not clear ...) and "binoculars"? Something you wrote nonsense ...
              In addition, when the LPS headed the structure, MOST of the cases begun during the time of Yezhov were terminated, and some of them were reviewed before the start of World War II. If it weren’t for the war, who knows - maybe there would be much more reviewed cases and the number of rehabilitated.
              ........... Stalin personally shot? .............
    2. T. Henks Offline
      T. Henks (Igor) 23 December 2019 13: 01
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      This major army cannot be defeated. Until someone finds a fabulous needle. Yes, and a hero is needed. But where can I get it.
    3. Boris Chernikov Offline
      Boris Chernikov (Boris Chern) 23 December 2019 13: 19
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      Well, go into politics, who's stopping you ... and build pipe layers and turbines for the company)
  5. Arkharov Offline
    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 23 December 2019 09: 05
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    Fortuna is not so simple, a barge is not a seagoing vessel, restrictions on use under weather conditions, etc.
    1. Bakht Offline
      Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 23 December 2019 13: 18
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      Barge barge discord.

      https://fleetphoto.ru/vessel/65850/

      https://eadaily.com/ru/news/2019/11/21/rossiyskiy-truboukladchik-podstrahuet-severnyy-potok-2

      This option miscalculated. If the Germans really need it, then Fortune will be able to work out
      1. Arkharov Offline
        Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 23 December 2019 13: 46
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        And no one says that she will not be able to stack at all, only much slower and weather restrictions.
        1. Bakht Offline
          Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 23 December 2019 16: 06
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          Slower - that's right. Weather restrictions are the same as for other ships. I worked on a ship with a dynamic position. Believe me, with a strong wind and it will not hold in place. The barge is more stable.
          169 meters and 46 meters. Draft is 9 meters. It is a very stable platform.
  6. sgrabik Offline
    sgrabik (Sergei) 23 December 2019 09: 56
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    It was possible to foresee such a development of events and take certain measures to neutralize such scenarios.
    1. Bakht Offline
      Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 23 December 2019 17: 11
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      Provided.

      Fortuna is unlikely to be able to compete in speed with the Allseas, Solitaire and Pioneering Spirit pipe-laying vessels, which carried out the main pipe-laying in the Baltic Sea, but in the case of US sanctions, the question will be about ending the project in principle.
      This year, the Fortuna pipe-laying barge was placed at the disposal of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to expand the list of vessels allowed to participate in the construction of the offshore section of the Nord Stream-2. The document provides a simplified procedure for border and customs control, which the ship can pass in the places of work without calling at Russian ports. This was reported to RBC by a source in the apparatus of the Russian government.

      More:

      https://eadaily.com/ru/news/2019/11/21/rossiyskiy-truboukladchik-podstrahuet-severnyy-potok-2
    2. bobba94 Online
      bobba94 (Vladimir) 23 December 2019 17: 58
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      In 2014, Crimea was returned, and in 2017, in the midst of a showdown with the West and the introduction of various sanctions by the States, Gazprom managers decided to begin construction of Nord Stream -2. Ingeniously, they thought through everything. By the way, in the West, such managers are dismissed from their posts immediately, and during the time of Comrade Stalin's IVS they would all go to logging and this is still a mild option.
      1. Bakht Offline
        Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 23 December 2019 21: 55
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        Actually, I think the decision to build the Nord Stream is brilliant .... The truth has many facets.
        Now, if there were no Nord Stream, how much gas would have to be driven through Ukraine?
        1. bobba94 Online
          bobba94 (Vladimir) 23 December 2019 22: 30
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          ".... The truth has many facets," an interesting thought. And tell me, Bakhtiyar, for which International are you, for the 2nd or 3rd?
          1. Bakht Offline
            Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 23 December 2019 22: 34
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            "And for what Lenin?"
            1. bobba94 Online
              bobba94 (Vladimir) 23 December 2019 23: 39
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              Correct answer. Now to the point. The truth has no limits, because there are as many truths in the world as there are people, and each has its own truth ..... the truth is one. The most ingenious decisions are made by young children, as they don’t think about who will implement these decisions. Adult uncles are sitting on the board of Gazprom, and they are obliged to make decisions that are not ingenious, but predictable and realistic for execution, and it turns out that there seems to be a Nord Stream, and for another 5 years gas will be driven through Ukraine ..
              1. Bakht Offline
                Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 24 December 2019 00: 02
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                The truth has many facets. Like a faceted glass. Has anyone tried to count them?
                Children's decisions are not always correct. The child acts by trial and error. So, the most right decisions are made by serious uncles. But not menagery, but specialists who went through fire, water and pipes. Where without them .... Without pipes, I mean.
                There would be a Nord Stream Nord, but at the moment it is not. A gas must be pumped. I have always opposed pumping through Ukraine (regardless of whether there is a Nord Stream or not). But apparently, in Gazprom (funny) and in the Kremlin (seriously) they decided nevertheless to preserve the GTS and prevent Ukraine from bending immediately. Transit through Ukraine is a blow to the States. In the next topic, I already wrote - the States immediately blocked aid to Ukraine. So it’s not a fact that there will be a transit agreement.
                There are so many pitfalls in the protocol that it is already clear that Ukraine has lost. In any case, in Naftogaz only Vitrenko and Kobolev beat the timpani (well, they personally receive bonuses). Everyone else is silent, like a fish on ice.

                Oh yes ... I completely forgot. I generally do not for any International. So to say "non-partisan communist." :-)
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    Tektor (Tektor) 23 December 2019 11: 06
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    And what about the Akademik Cherskiy pipe-laying vessel that can’t be navigated along the northern seascope by icebreakers? Are you late?
    1. kapitan92 Offline
      kapitan92 (Vyacheslav) 23 December 2019 11: 21
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      Quote: Tektor
      And what about the Akademik Cherskiy pipe-laying vessel that can’t be navigated along the northern seascope by icebreakers? Are you late?

      We were not late, but rather expected to catch up to sanctions or at random. He’s been dragging him through the "clean water" for a couple of months, and December - March, I think they will not risk it. Although, how close!
  8. Seaman smith Offline
    Seaman smith (Seaman Smith) 23 December 2019 15: 48
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    Let's clarify.

    Вall vessels in its waters

    - in what? In territorial - YES! But you need to work in the economic zone, to which this does not apply. And the depth there is no more than 30 m. So maybe that is why Gazprom left its pipe layer in Nakhodka? The coming days will show.
  9. aries2200 Offline
    aries2200 (aries) 23 December 2019 16: 16
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    In general, we are, as always, in a deep h ... ... But something tells me that here the game is a long game .. laughing
  10. gorenina91 Online
    gorenina91 (Irina) 23 December 2019 16: 47
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    It should be recalled that the Akademik Chersky pipe-laying vessel was laid in China (at the Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry) by the order of the Nigerian company Sea Trucks Group Limited (STG), as a multi-purpose auxiliary construction vessel. In March 2015, the vessel “Jascon 18” prudently bought (bought from Nigerians) the Russian “Mezhregiontruboprovodstroy” (JSC “MRTS”), which rebuilt it for pipe-laying works and renamed it “Academic Chersky”.

    - Is that ... a joke ??? -Nigeria rescued Russia ??? -And what can Somalia or Ethiopia do for Russia ??? -Probably build icebreakers for Russia ...
    - Yes, Russia should eat a dog on laying pipes ... -Russia itself should advise everyone, give lessons to the whole world and give lectures to the whole world how ... how ... how ... how ... how to lay pipes in the desert; in the taiga; in the tundra; in the swamps; in the swamps; in ravines; along the bottom of rivers, lakes and seas ... Yes, Russia itself must provide the world with its specialists and all kinds of special equipment for laying these pipes ...
    - Well, well ... -It turns out that Gazprom (and Russia itself) “does not have a dynamic positioning system that allows it to stay in a given position.” - There is nothing more to add ...
  11. Vkd dvk Offline
    Vkd dvk (Victor) 23 December 2019 18: 15
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    Quote: BoBot Robot - Free Thinking Machine
    Fortuna must be modernized, and the Swiss kicked into the neck without paying!

    This does not happen in business. Take a penalty for the failure of the contract. By including the loss of expected profit in the price, and ... and .... and .... And let the turnip be scratched, calculating that they have lost more from this.
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    Roarv (Robert) 24 December 2019 09: 53
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    Here the decision is easier for the Swiss company to disrupt the contract, recover damages, lost profits, in offsetting the cost of losses, offer to register the vessel in the legal entity of the Russian Federation ....
    Image losses, of course, decent ....
    When they entered into a contract for laying a pipeline, what gas managers thought ..... - about positioning when placing their foreign assets ...
  13. There is no need to rush, it is important to finish the pipe carefully and slowly! Let the Deutsch clank their teeth, thank Uncle Sammy!