Metals and mining, Nord Stream

Attempts to block Nord Stream-2 are of a political nature, S.Lavrov

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia S.Lavrov asserted the construction of Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline is a commercial project, attempts to block it are of a political nature.
“We are confident Nord Stream-2 will increase energy security in Europe. The project is a commercial one and it joins a number of western companies. Efforts to block the project have a political character. The Americans are trying to make difficulties via their close friends in the North Atlantic Alliance,” RIA Novosti reports citing S.Lavrov.

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Nord Stream 2 to be filled with European steel.

Russian pipe manufacturers will share the margin with foreigners.
Russian pipe manufacturers, who won 60% of the lots for the supply of pipes for the Nord Stream 2, will have to share the profits with European steelmakers. OMK of Anatoliy Sedykh has already signed a major contract for the purchase of steel for the project from the Austrian Voestalpine (up to 40% of the volume), ChTPZ of Andrey Komarov also prepares to buy imported steel. Sources "The Kommersant" calls it part of a tacit agreement, but the pipe manufacturers claim that they only diversify supply risks.

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Chelyabinsk pipe rolling plant signed contact with Nord Stream 2 AG for the supply of about 600 thousand tons of pipes for construction of Nord Stream-2

​Chelyabinsk pipe rolling plant has signed a contract with Nord Stream 2 which is the operator of the construction of Nord Stream 2 for the supply of LDP.
The contract was signed on April 7th 2016 by A. Grubman (Chelyabinsk pipe rolling plant) and M. Warnig (Nord Stream 2).
In the framework of the contract Chelyabinsk pipe rolling plant will ship 2,596 thousand tons of pipes with the diameter of 1,153 mm with the wall thickness of 30.9 and 34.6 mm with inner and outer anticorrosion coating.
The entire products will be produced at the Vysota 239 shop of the Chelyabinsk pipe rolling plant.
The period of supply is September 2016-June 2018.
Mr. Grubman said after the signing of the contract that the plant would start to produce pipes for Nord Stream 2 in Q3 2016.

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MMK and ChTPZ increase cooperation

Magnitogorsk metallurgical plant has held a meeting of the coordinating council between MMK and ChTPZ Group. At the meeting, the results of the cooperation between the companies last year were announced.
In 2015, MMK’s supplies to ChTPZ amounted to more than 560 thousand tons of steel. Chelyabinsk  pipe rolling plant is one of the largest consumers of the steel plant. In turn, MMK is the major supplier of metal for ChTPZ.

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How a pipeline turns into a pumpkin - the chronic underfunding of the Ukrainian GTS.

Earlier we observed a strange modesty of "Naftogaz of Ukraine". For several years, "Naftogaz" preferred to remain silent about the volume of investments into the repair and reconstruction of its gas transportation system (GTS). Finally, after years of agonizing doubts the company posted that very data under the scattered public gaze - in the framework of the report for 2014. Let us take the trouble to focus the public eye on the most important and explain why another tube bypassing the Ukraine is necessary.

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Metallurgical companies join Nord Stream-2

Russian pipe manufacturers prepare to fight against foreign competitors for the supply of pipes for the second stage of the Nord Stream gas pipeline. Analysts have estimated that the total value of the order could be around $3 billion, of which the Russian players, despite the lower cost of the production, at best, will get half. The rest will go to foreigners, since the project needs the support of the European Union.
Today, the Swiss company Nord Stream 2 AG, the operator of the same name project of expansion of the Nord Stream gas pipeline from Russia to Europe under the Baltic Sea, will start accepting applications for the tender to supply pipes for the two lines with total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year, the Kommersant’s sources in the pipe industry report. According to them, the application will be taken immediately for the entire volume of pipes for delivery in 2016-2018 (the pipeline is planned to be launched in 2019). The results of the tender should be announced "before the end of the year," says the Kommersant’s interlocutors, one of them heard that it could be in November. Nord Stream 2 AG confirmed to the Kommersant that on October 12, the submission of the tender application for the supply of pipes for the Nord Stream-2 project would take place. The total weight of the pipes will make up about 2.2 million tons, the length - about 2.5 thousand km. The company doesn’t disclose participants, the budget and other conditions of the tender; Nord Stream 2 will report the term of the tender completion and its results later.

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OMK certificates pipes, made of NLMK’s steel, for underwater section of South Stream

South Stream Transport has certified large-diameter pipes, produced by the United Metallurgical Company (OMK) of NLMK’s steel slabs, the press centre of NLMK reports.
The certificate enables to use pipes, made of NLMK’s steel, for the construction of the offshore section of the South Stream gas pipeline.

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Chelyabinsk forge-and-pressing plant to supply a large shipment of flanges for construction of South Stream

The products of Chelyabinsk forge-and-pressing plant (ChKPZ) will be used for the construction of one of the most strategically important projects for Russia and Europe – the South Stream gas pipeline.
The negotiations with the new client started in spring. A company, which manufactures equipment for gas pipelines, ordered a large batch of high pressure flanges – a lot of them will be required in the construction of a number of South Stream’s facilities, as well as for the new branch of Nord Stream.

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Russian oil and gas companies again recognize OMK the best pipe producer.

United Metallurgical Company (CJSC "UMC", Moscow), the second consecutive year topped the ranking of the best Russian pipe producers, compiled from a survey of the largest oil and gas corporations .
The rating prepared by the Advisory Council for Cooperation of oil and gas companies with related industries at the Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Energy. The survey involved the representatives of JSC "Gazprom", "Gazpromneft", "Gazprom komplektaciya", JSC "Bashneft", JSC "Slavneft", OJSC "Tatneft", JSC "RussNeft", OJSC "Surgutneftegas", OJSC "Novatek", OC “Alliance"and "Salym Petroleum Development N.V.".

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VMZ certified large diameter pipe production made of own steel plates under standard DNV-OS-F101

Vyksunsk metal works, VMZ certified large diameter pipe production made of own steel plates under the sea standard of the Norwegian Det Norske Veritas DNV-OS-F101 ‘Unerwater pipeline systems’ and specification to the project Nord Stream Extension (NEXT).

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