In the pipeline

The Corus Group has been awarded a contract valued at over 100 million Euros (£72 million) to manufacture the entire steel line pipe for an Anglo-Dutch gas pipeline.

The contract has been awarded by BBL Company, which is majority owned by Gasunie of the Netherlands. This represents one of the largest pipe contracts awarded to Corus Tubes Energy Business, based in Corby.

As UK North Sea gas production is expected to decline, the BBL pipeline will provide a vital link to enable forecast UK gas demand shortages to be met from international sources.

The pipeline will link Balgzand in the Netherlands to Bacton on the Norfolk coast of England, a distance of some 240 kilometers. The project will involve the manufacture of over 110,000 tonnes of 36″ diameter pipe and forms part of a 500 million Euro project, known as ‘BBL Pipeline’.

The line pipe will be manufactured during 2005 at Corus’ large diameter pipe mill in Hartlepool.

In addition to steel pipe, Corus will also supply anti-corrosion coating and concrete weight coating, which will be applied under sub-contract by Bredero Shaw Limited at its Leith facility near Edinburgh.

BBL Company will own and operate the pipeline.

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