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Crossing ocean and sea, Saipemís offshore activities arm has built a global reputation as one of the true innovators in its field.

From early projects such as the laying of the 510 km Transmed gas pipeline in water depths down to 618 m from Tunisia to Italy, through to the complex deepwater J-lay works of Diana-Hoover development in the US Gulf and Kizomba A and B in Angola for ExxonMobil, Saipem continues to respond to the offshore industryís changing demands.

Having handled groundbreaking projects ranging from inter-field flowlines to major trunk line systems totalling some 23,000 km in length since the late 1950s, the Company has continually updated and advanced its capabilities to anticipate the ever greater demands of the market. Laying over 750 km of 24? thick wall gas trunk line in water depths as great as 2,150 m in J-lay mode, using the Saipem 7000, as part of the Blue Stream project in the Black Sea, and 540 km of 32?in S-lay mode to a depth exceeding 1,100 m, using the Castoro Sei, as part of the Greenstream project linking Libya and Italy has set new standards for the sector.

Saipemís pioneering work in pipeline installation is matched by its experience installing offshore platforms around the world, mastering both the heavy lift and the float-over techniques, and establishing new records for the industry, such as the 12,150 t Sabratha deck combined lift performed by the Saipem 7000 in Libya, the Buzzard 11,000 t combined lift in dynamic positioning performed by the Saipem 7000 in the UK, and the float-over of the 21,800 t deck of Lunskoye-A platform, Sakhalin II.


Over the last ten years, Saipem has completed some 120 offshore construction projects ?including modular deck drilling and production platforms, integrated deck platforms, wellhead platforms, accommodation platforms, FPSOs ?often, and increasingly so, in an integrated contractor role.
Since the 1970s, Saipem has also been involved in the construction of marine terminals, conventional buoy moorings, jetties and piers.

The engineering and project management expertise, aimed at increasing the Groupís capability to carry out EPIC (Engineering, Procurement, Installation, Construction) contracts, has been fostered also through some acquisitions, the most significant being the one of Bouygues Offshore in 2002, and the one of Snamprogetti in 2006. Through such acquisitions Saipem has expanded its offshore engineering and project management resources, that now amount to 1,200 people.

Saipem Offshore Construction EPCI capabilities are also supported by significant and growing fabrication capabilities based at the core of the main oil & gas provinces, which encompasses its wholly owned subsidiary Intermare Sarda in Italy (the record setting 23,000 t jacket for Sabratha, Libya has been fabricated there), the Rumuolumeni yard in Nigeria, the Petromar Soyo yard in Angola, the Boscongo Pointe Noire yard in the Republic of the Congo, the Kuryk yard in Kazakhstan, the BOS Shelf yard in Azerbaijan, and the Sharjah yard in the U.A.E. Current potential of Saipem fabrication facilities exceeds an aggregate of 130,000 t per annum.