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Arc de Dierrey: 19,000 tubes in transit


Shipment of the tubes needed to build the Arc de Dierrey pipeline has begun.

Thursday 13 June.

Between now and October, 19,000 steel tubes of between 12 and 17 m long and 1.2 m in diameter, will be delivered and distributed to the 12 special storage areas.

A major logistics operation has been organized for their delivery. To reduce CO2 emissions rail and maritime transport will be used whenever possible.

The tubes, the total weight of which is close to 130,000 t (the equivalent of 18 times the weight of the Eiffel Tower) were manufactured by six companies after an international call for tenders; some of the steel was produced and a number of the tubes were manufactured in France.

The Arc de Dierrey project involves laying a 309-km long natural gas pipeline, linking the Cuvilly compressor plant (Oise) to the plants in Dierrey (Aube) and Voisines (Haute-Marne).

Work on laying the pipes should begin in 2014. The first section – from Cuvilly to Dierrey – is scheduled to come into service in autumn 2015; the second section – from Dierrey to Voisines – should begin transporting gas in winter 2016/2017. Arc de Dierrey is partly financed by the European Union within the framework of its European Energy Programme for Recovery.