DNV GL picks up verification contract on Baltic Pipe project

The international oil & gas advisory and classification society DNV GL has won a major contract to provide independent verification services for Energinet’s section of the Baltic Pipe project, offshore Denmark.

Map of Baltic Pipe project. Source: DNV GL

DNV GL said on Thursday that it would provide independent verification and submarine pipeline certification.

The acceptance criteria for verification and certification are the Danish Continental Shelf Law, the suite of underlying DNV GL standards and recommended practices.

The work will take place during the engineering, procurement, construction, installation, hook-up and commissioning phases.

According to the company, the contract will be coordinated by DNV GL’s offices in Denmark, with verification experts supporting the construction in fabrication sites across the world over the next three years.

DNV GL’ s independent third-party verification will support Energinet in ensuring transparent project status and the real-time reporting of components and equipment-salient points. This will potentially enable Energinet to manage all project risks towards achieving first gas supply in Poland by 2022.

Ben Oudman, regional manager for continental Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, India, and Africa at DNV GL Oil & Gas, said: “The Baltic Pipe project is extremely complex with many stakeholders. It involves a wide range of technical disciplines that requires both local and global support. Drawing on our global and local presence, we will utilize our worldwide network of technical experts to provide on-demand support.”

The Baltic Pipe, co-financed by the EU and being carried out by Danish and Polish gas transmission operators Energinet and GAZ-SYSTEM S.A, will bring gas sourced from Norwegian offshore fields via the Baltic Sea to Poland.

The project promises to help Poland wean off reliance on Russian imports, and at the same time, the aim is to slash Polish consumption of coal in a move to tackle carbon dioxide emissions.

It is worth noting that the pipeline in the Baltic Sea towards Poland is not included in the contract with DNV GL. The Baltic Pipe project is planned to be fully operational by October 1, 2022.

The operators of the Baltic Pipe project requested permission from Sweden in March for the pipeline to go through the country’s exclusive economic zone while Polish authorities granted an environmental decision for one of the project’s five components in May.

Also, the European Commission committed to providing €215 million in mid-April to finance part of the construction costs of the Baltic Pipe project.

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