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Baltic Connector offshore pipeline complete

Construction crews have completed the Baltic Connector project’s offshore pipeline.

The Baltic Connector project comprises the construction of pipeline systems, stations and facilities to connect existing gas networks in Finland and Estonia.

Running approximately 77 km from Inkoo, Finland to Paldiski, Estonia, the offshore gas pipeline is concrete coated and has a diameter of 500 mm.

The pipeline has been installed on the seabed and partly covered with quarry stones, with pressure tests carried out followed by emptying and drying operations to enable gas transmission.

The offshore pipeline is the first of five worksites on the Baltic Connector project to be completed, with an onshore pipeline and a compression and metering station to follow in both countries.

Project Director Tom Främling said the pipeline was due to be commissioned by the end of the year.

“Completing the offshore pipeline work on schedule is an excellent example of the good cooperation between all parties,” he said.

“I would especially like to thank the neighbours living near the worksite for their cooperation.”

“The expertise and ambition of our personnel and partners ensure that everything will be ready for gas to flow between Finland and Estonia at the end of 2019,” said Baltic Connector Oy President and CEO Herkko Plit.

“The completion of the offshore pipeline is one of the most important milestones in the journey towards opening the gas market.”

The total cost of the project is €250 million (US$280 million) with the European Commission funding €187.5 million (US$210.22 million) of this.

Anticipated to be completed in 2020, the Balticconnector natural gas pipeline will have a transmission capacity of 7.2 million m3 per day.

For more information visit the Baltic Connector website.

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