Balticconnector offshore pipeline between Finland and Estonia finished on schedule

The Balticconnector project’s offshore pipeline, which connects Inkoo in Finland to Paldiski in Estonia, has been completed on schedule.

Of the five project worksites, the offshore pipeline is the first to be finished. The bidirectional offshore pipeline is approximately 77km long and will run from Inkoo to Paldiski, located around 50km west of Tallinn.

During planning stages, environmental considerations were taking into accounts, as well as the formation of the seabed, ship routes and crossing structures. The concrete-coated pipeline on the seabed has been partially covered with quarry stones.

Pressure tests have also been carried out on the pipeline, followed by emptying and drying to enable the transmission of gas. The pipeline is expected to be in service for 50 years.

“Completing the offshore pipeline work on schedule is an excellent example of the good cooperation between all parties. I would especially like to thank the neighbours living near the worksite for their cooperation,” said Tom Främling, project director.

“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. The completion of the offshore pipeline is one of the most important milestones in the journey towards opening the gas market,” added Herkko Plit, president and CEO of Baltic Connector Oy.

When complete, the Balticconnector pipeline will connect Finland and Estonia’s gas infrastructures and open up their gas markets. The gas pipeline is due to be commissioned by the end of 2019.

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