SUBSEA PRECOMMISSIONING—1: Nord Stream natural gas pipeline highlights need to integrate precommissioning

Marco Casirati Jarleiv Maribu Nord Stream AG Zug, Switzerland John Grover Daniel Fehnert Baker Hughes PPS Dubai Based on presentation to Deep Offshore Technology (DOT) International Oil and Gas Conference, Perth, Australia, Nov. 27-29, 2012. As subsea natural gas pipelines get longer and more remote, precommissioning requires increased integration into the overall project plan. The 1,224-km (760-mile) twin Nord Stream natural gas pipeline completed precommissioning Line 1 in September 2011, ahead of schedule, and finished Line 2 precommissioning 1 year later. This first part of the article details the planning, engineering, and preparation for Nord Stream's precommissioning, with the s...

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