International transport and logistics provider AsstrA -Associated Traffic AG is currently shipping the first batch of pipes to be used in the construction of the European stretch of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Nord Stream 2 is a new large-scale construction project that will expand the capacity of the Nord Stream gas pipeline, which runs under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Europe.
The total route is more than 1,200 km long with a current annual capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas. Nord Stream 2 should double existing capacity in response to growing European consumption of Russian gas. The shareholders of Nord Stream 2 AG are Gazprom, BASF, E.ON, Shell, and OMV. According to plans, the pipeline will be operational by 2019.
AsstrA won the tender to transport 2.25 kilotons of large-diameter pipes with anticorrosive coating from the manufacturer's factory in Chelyabinsk to the port of Mukran in Germany.
AsstrA proposed a two-stage delivery process involving the company's specialists in Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk and St. Petersburg. In the first step, each large-diameter pipe will be loaded onto a separate vehicle, with the entire project involving 157 trucks. Every day, 5-6 shipments will be made from Chelyabinsk to Saint Petersburg. The primary challenge is the limited time available to complete delivery to the port of St. Petersburg.
In the second stage, after the transportation of the pipes to the port of St. Petersburg, shipload lots will be formed. Then, after consolidation of the cargo at a port warehouse, experienced AsstrA specialists will charter individual ships for delivery to Germany, where the start of the European construction project is planned.
Winning the tender to transport the pipes for this strategically important project is yet another success for the competent and professional AsstrA team, who have a track record of meeting even the most complex international transportation requirements.