“Gazprom” and Italy’s Saipem had already collaborated in the construction of offshore pipelines. Saipem participated in the laying of a sea line “Blue stream” and “Nord stream-1”.
MOSCOW, 13 Jan. Italian Saipem is one of the contenders to get the contract for laying the “Nord stream-2”, told reporters the head of “Gazprom” Alexey Miller after the meeting with the Chairman of the Board of the Austrian OMV oil and gas Corporation by Seele.
“The meeting discussed the issues related to the implementation of the project “Northern stream-2″. It was noted that the Italian company Saipem is one of the contenders to get the contract for laying this pipeline,” said Miller.
Gazprom and Saipem had already collaborated in the construction of offshore pipelines. In particular, Saipem participated in the laying of a sea line “Blue stream” and “Nord stream-1”. It was assumed that the company will participate in the laying of the “South stream”. However, later the project was stopped and the contract with the Italian company was terminated.
Saipem is controlled by Italian oil and gas group Eni, in October 2015, announced the intention to sell 12.55% of Saipem company Fondo Strategico Italiano. The main activities of Saipem are laying and repair of pipelines, construction of plants for hydrocarbon processing, drilling on land and at sea, construction of deep-water fields.
The project “Northern stream-2” involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the coast of the Russian Federation through the Baltic sea to Germany. Gazprom will own 50%, BASF, E. ON, Engie, OMV, Shell — 10% in the project. The new pipeline is planned to be built close to the “Nord stream-1”.