Dutch energy and dredging services provider Boskalis has been awarded a letter of intent in a joint venture with Van Oord for rock placement services for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.The award was made by the project developer Nord Stream 2 AG and is a part of the construction of the planned gas pipeline running through the Baltic Sea, connecting Russian gas fields to European buyers.The joint venture between Boskalis and Van Oord will join the more than 200 companies from 17 countries which won contracts to work on this international energy infrastructure project.Boskalis said on Thursday that the contract value was approximately EUR 250 million ($286 million), with a 50 percent share for Boskalis. Contract details are expected to be finalized in the next few weeks.Rock needs to be installed at specific locations along the pipeline route to level the seabed and to protect the pipelines. The contract scope includes the sourcing of rock from quarries in the Baltic region. The project will be executed in a 50/50 partnership, and multiple specialized fallpipe vessels will be deployed in the period 2018-2019.In the period 2010-2012 Boskalis was also contracted for the rock placement for the first Nord Stream project and also constructed the landfall in Germany. In 2010, the partner on the project, Van Oord, was also involved in constructing the first Nord Stream pipeline. Namely, the company installed the pipeline landfall near Vyborg in Russia.The two 1,200-km Nord Stream 2 pipelines will mostly follow the route of the existing Nord Stream pipeline in the Baltic Sea – from the coast of Russia to Greifswald on Germany’s northern coast. It will have the capacity to transport up to 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from Russia to Europe, connecting with pipelines within the European Union for onwards transmission.Nord Stream 2 AG said in a separate statement that the total value of contracts so far awarded on the project is more than four billion euros and that the project is progressing according to schedule.As far as the pipes for the pipelines go, Wasco Coating started work on the concrete weight coating of the Nord Stream 2 pipes in late March.After Nord Stream 2 AG had awarded Wasco Coatings Europe a contract for concrete weight coating, storage, and logistics of the 200,000 pipes for the namesake pipeline, Wasco awarded Denmark’s Blue Water Shipping a contract for the transport, handling, and storage of 113,000 of the pipes in late June.
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RelatedPosts Blind collapses during Ajax, Hertha friendly Hertha Berlin, Borussi Dortmund players kneel in tribute to George Floyd Boyata denies kissing teammate Jurgen Klinsmann has been named Hertha Berlin’s new coach on a contract until the end of the 2019-20 campaign, after Ante Covic was relieved of his managerial duties on Wednesday.Hertha sit 15th in the Bundesliga after 12 fixtures, having lost their last four matches, with a 4-0 defeat at Augsburg on Sunday marking their latest setback.Pressure had been mounting on Covic in recent weeks, and it has now been confirmed that he has left the club after just five months in charge.The 44-year-old had spent the last 20 years of his career at the Olympiastadion, both as a player and a manager of the club’s academy side, before accepting the top job at senior level back in July.Hertha’s sporting director Michael Preetz announced the decision to part ways with Covic this morning, stating: “It was an extremely difficult decision for us, because Ante has been part of Hertha BSC for more than 20 years.“He has conducted himself with a lot of passion, expertise and meticulousness ever since he took over as head coach of the first team in the summer.“We regret that it has come to this, but ultimately, in terms of development and recent results, we felt there was a need for action. I would like to thank Ante for his commitment and in time we will talk to him about alternative ways for him to be involved with Hertha BSC.”Covic expressed his disappointment after the decision was made, but admitted that “the club is more important than individuals” and that performances have not been up to the required standard under his stewardship.“The way we’ve been playing recently and the results have led to this decision,” he said. “Since Hertha BSC is not just an employer to me, such a decision hurts, of course.“But I have always said that this club is more important than individuals. I love not only this profession, but I love this club with all my heart.”Klinsmann, 55, was appointed to Hertha’s supervisory board three weeks ago and has now been charged with the task of turning around fortunes at the Olympiastadion.It is the former Germany forward’s first role in his homeland since an ill-fated spell in charge of Bayern Munich in 2008-09.Hertha are due to host Borussia Dortmund in Klinsmann’s first game in charge on Saturday, before taking in a trip to Eintracht Frankfurt the following Friday.Tags: Hertha BerlinJurgen Klinsmann
Monk has managed to keep key players like skipper Ashley Williams, striker Bafetimbi Gomis and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, the latter signing a new four-year deal on Thursday amid reported interest from Serie A giants Roma. He also did his summer transfer business early with international forwards Andre Ayew and Eder, France Under-21 defender Franck Tabanou and Sweden goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt integrated into the Swansea squad at the start of pre-season. “We’ve had good preparation time with the group, they’ve put a lot of hard work in on both the physical and football side of things,” Monk said. “The group were together very early and the new signings were here early as part of our plan. “It’s an advantage because we’ve had five or six weeks with the whole group while other clubs are still looking to bring in players. “We got to a good level last year with the expectations of how I want them to work but now it’s about improving tactically, physically, technically – and that’s what we’ve been working on. “We have sat down and shown them how much they have improved and how much they can improve. “We have showcased situations on the pitch when it’s been negative and they’ve not dealt with it properly, then – after work with them to put it right – how they dealt with it properly and how it becomes second nature. “That’s how we are trying to improve, how to attack stronger and quicker, keep the ball better, how we defend certain areas of the pitch.” Monk has had no joy against Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in the past, losing every one of their three previous meetings with the most recent being a 5-0 thrashing at the Liberty Stadium in January. “We conceded nine against them last year, which wasn’t good enough at all,” Monk said. “There weren’t many times I could say I was gutted with a performance but the one at home was one of them. “But Jose is tactically one of the best managers in the league. “He’s very clever in his approach, his team is so adaptable in playing different ways and brilliant to watch. “They’ve set the standard for everyone and when I come up against Jose I know I’m in for an interesting afternoon.” Monk has valid reason to curse his side’s start away to champions Chelsea on Saturday evening – “I don’t think the fixture computer likes us very much,” – as 12 months ago Swansea started their campaign at Manchester United. But Swansea spoiled Louis van Gaal’s Old Trafford bow that day by winning 2-1 and, while many observers feel Monk has his work cut out to repeat last term’s eighth-placed finish and 56-point haul, the 36-year-old feels the current squad is in a healthy place. Press Association Garry Monk feels Swansea are in good shape to build on last season’s best Premier League finish and record points total.