Presently, the European Union imports respectively 60 % and 80 % of its gas and oil consumption needs. These numbers are due to increase. Generally, contracts for oil supplies are negotiated by private companies. Sometimes, the most important contracts are signed directly by European governments with other countries, like Russia or Libya for example, particularly when gas and oil pipelines constructions are concerned. Saip says it is active in the oil and gas market since over 15 years: The company cooperates with the main players in Europe, supplying innovative technical solutions and personalized technical training. Reliability of products and quick, focused maintenance, also supported by a teleservice system, are some of the features of Saip's offer.[image_0] One of the main interventions carried out by Saip's dedicated equipment and personnel consists in the application of a polymer layer on the joints between the different segments which make up the pipeline. This operation is carried out during the critical phase prior to laying the gas-line or the oil-line. A sort of polyurethane ring is placed next to the welding of the joints. Thanks to its properties it safeguards the welding, protecting it from external agents. Resistance to water pressure, to rust/corrosion, to salt, to algae, are some among the properties given by the treatment. Generally the treatment in which Saip is involved is carried out for pipelines made up by coated steel pipes (by polyethylene or concrete), having a diameter ranging from 16 inches, for compact materials (elastomeric materials), to 48 inches, for expanded materials, and a length which may vary from a few to thousands of kilometers. Systems for these applications are designed and made according to specific requirements and to operate in extreme conditions, such as on board a ship where space is very limited and environmental conditions are very severe. Saip says it has approached this sector in the role of a "simple supplier of equipment. Thanks to its achievements it has been directly chosen by key players, such as Saipem for instance, as official partner to help them during the specific and delicate phase of pipeline joints, aboard a ship. According to the company, what made this change-over possible has been the added value that Saip has been able to offer its customers through a continuous, qualified support on the spot by its technicians. This has allowed, on one side, a very precious feedback towards the company's project office which has redesigned and engineered "ex novo the existing systems, in complete relation to specific requirements. On the other side, the training and support on site have helped operators to grow and mature in their abilities in every operating phase of the process during which the knowledge of the equipment use was necessary, so that they could operate in full autonomy and be able to best exploit equipment potential, says Saip. For this purpose the company's technicians have been specifically trained and qualified to operate in full safety also on board a ship. According to Saip, its customers can also rely on technical assistance 24 h a day and 7 days a week, through a dedicated phone-line, and on a complete spare parts, accessories and other auxiliaries department which ensures fast delivery. In the Nord Stream Project, Saip systems have worked non-stop for over two years, in extremely difficult operating and environmental conditions, to ensure a perfect welding between the segments of the gas-line which connects Russia and Germany through 1,224 km of pipes laid on the Baltic Sea bottom. The achieved success confirms the quality and reliability of Saip systems and machines, together with the effectiveness of its training program, says the company.