ArcelorMittal supplies 75,000 tonnes of steel for Trans-Adriatic Pipeline construction
Steelmaking giant ArcelorMittal has delivered more than 75,000 tons of hot-rolled coils for the construction of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).
TAP, whose construction will begin mid-2016, is the latest European leg of the 3500km long Southern Gas Corridor and will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II oil field in the Caspian Sea to Europe, thereby increasing Europe's energy security.
The steel coils for the project were produced at ArcelorMittal Bremen and then transported to the consolidated partner Corinth Pipeworks in Greece, where the pipes are produced. The supply of hot-rolled coils started in late 2015 and will continue until the first quarter 2017th
Since 2011 ArcelorMittal Bremen has had the world's largest crop shear in its rolling mill and is thus able to produce extremely thick-walled pipeline steels that meet the most stringent construction requirements.
The tubes used for the TAP pipelines have wall thicknesses of 18 mm and must meet strict mechanical tolerances and testing requirements to meet. The steel used is X70 steel - a high-quality grade of steel for pipeline applications.
"We have established for more than 30 years of steel for the oil and gas pipeline industry worldwide. ArcelorMittal has to show in this field a strong track record, being close to the customer and continuous technical support to guarantee - this in combination with the high quality products that provides our plant in Bremen. ArcelorMittal Europe - Flat Products is delighted to be part of this important strategic project, which represents an added value for the local population and alike Europe's future energy supply guarantees, "said Stéphane Tondo, Chief Marketing Officer, and ArcelorMittal Europe - Flat Products for packaging and oil and gas charge.
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HS2’s Old Oak Common station in London given go-ahead
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has today given the go-ahead to construct the HS2 train station in Old Oak Common in London. It is said that the station will be the UK’s largest built in one stage, and will create more than 2,300 jobs.
Mr. Shapps said: “The start of permanent works at the largest train station ever built in the UK in one go, Old Oak Common, marks yet more progress in delivering HS2, the high-speed, high-capacity and low-carbon railway that will form the backbone of our national transport network. This ‘super hub’ station shows our Plan for Jobs in action – kickstarting major regeneration, creating 2,300 jobs and 250 apprenticeships in construction – and underlines this Government’s determination to build back better”.
Construction of the 32-acre site will include a 1.1-mile-long underground wall making way for six HS2 platforms. HS2 Ltd said the station aims to offer “unrivaled connectivity” with services to four crossrail platforms, four mainland platforms in South Wales, as well as platforms in the Midlands and North of England.
A notable feature of the station is its roof, which is the size of three football pitches. Mark Thurston, Chief Executive of HS2 Ltd, said: “The start of permanent works at Old Oak Common station, our first station under construction, is a significant step for phase one of HS2, as we deliver world-leading engineering to create what will arguably be one of the best-connected railway super hubs in the UK”.
The HS2 project so far
Announced in January 2009 as a government plan to construct a new high-speed railway network connecting London, the West Midlands, Leeds, and Manchester, HS2 or “High Speed 2” initially sparked criticism for its potential impact on the country’s green spaces and countryside.
With costs of over £42bn for the tracks and a further £8bn for rolling stock, the HS2 is the single most expensive project ever attempted by the British government. While the plan may have been announced over a decade ago, construction started in 2017 and is still ongoing. It is due to be completed in 2025, although the COVID-19 pandemic has almost definitely put a spanner in the works.
If the process goes according to plan, HS2 Ltd says that Phase 1, the London to Birmingham line, will open to the public in 2026, following commissioning and testing. Phase 2, which includes a route from Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester, is due to start construction the same year, with an estimated completion and operation date of 2033.