Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the construction of the Omišalj-Zlobin gas pipeline proceeds as planned, reported Croatia’s natural gas transmission system operator Plinacro.
The works that started in mid-December last year are carried out simultaneously on the entire gas pipeline route, from the future gas node Zlobin to the future gas node Omišalj.
So far, the entire working zone of the gas pipeline has been prepared: almost the entire trench in which pipes will be laid has been excavated and almost half of the welded pipes in the length of over 7,400 metres have already been laid in the trench. Moreover, further works on pipe stringing along the gas pipeline route and pipe welding are underway, as well as the works on the gas nodes Omišalj and Zlobin.
As regards gas nodes, two-thirds of the earthworks of the wide excavation and construction of the embankment have already been completed. Reinforcement-concrete works are also in progress. Foundations and super foundations of management buildings have been constructed at both gas nodes and currently, the construction of the buildings is in progress.
The most demanding part of the construction will be laying of the offshore part of the gas pipeline in the length of about 750 metres. The pipes with the concrete coating will be laid at a depth of 55 metres. Since the pipes are delivered from Italy, there was concern that due to COVID-19 pandemic the delivery would be delayed. However, thanks to good mutual coordination, timely contracted pipe manufacturing and cooperation with transport companies, the delivery of the first pipes started at the end of April and it should be completed by 25 May.
The completion of the construction of the Omišalj-Zlobin gas pipeline, a 430 million Kuna (56.7 million euros) worth investment, is planned by the end of the year so that when the LNG terminal becomes operational, the delivery of gas from the terminal is ensured.