GSP’s fleet for the DLS offshore construction project on the Russian continental shelf received the visit of beneficiary and press representatives at the completion of the first 30 kilometers out of its total length of 159,5 kilometers

April 20, 2010

GSP ensures the management of GSP Phoenix, GSP Prince, C-Master, as well as many other fleet units for the DLS offshore construction (Dzhubga –Lazarevskoye – Sochi) in the Russian national waters. The beneficiary of the project, Gazprom, introduced the offshore construction project to the media on the 20th of April. The event was attended by 70 press representatives from Russia, Germany and the United Kingdom.

GSP Phoenix, the crew vessel for the offshore constructions project along the Dzhubga – Lazarevskoye – Sochi Russian shore, provided the press representatives transfer from Tuapse onboard C-Master, the pipelay vessel.

The press representatives were invited to a technical tour of the pipelay barge, having the opportunity to see key pieces of equipment such as welding stations, NDT (non destructive inspection stations), tensioners, beveling machine and stinger. The technical tour was completed with a visit of C-Master. The media representatives had the opportunity of learning about the subsea pipelay installation technologies, details regarding the project and the fleet mobilized for the pipeline installation and offshore support. The visit was followed by a press conference where GSP and Gazprom officials: Matvei Geller, Chief of special projects at Gazprom; Andrey Baturin, Deputy General Director for Public Relations; Oleg Sergeev, General Director – Peter Gaz; David Owen, supervisor of the C-Master pipelaying barge; Radu Petrescu, Corporate Communications Manager – GSP, answered the press questions.

GSP also mobilized for this project GSP Bigfoot 1, the 2010 built pipelay and heavy lift barge, to perform the shallow water pipelay installation within the DLS offshore constructions project. GSP Bigfoot 1 completed on the 24th of April the scheduled pipelay operation within the Akcakoca offshore construction project. GSP Prince, IMR & Survey vessel performs pre-lay survey and debris clearance along the subsea gas pipe corridor.