Baltic Connector Oy has filed a water permit application

In accordance with the Water Act, the Balticconnector project needs a permit for the subsea section of its gas pipeline. The project is applying for a water permit from the Regional State Administrative Agency to build a subsea gas pipeline.

In the terrestrial section – in the Inkoo-Siuntio axis – the natural gas pipeline goes under the Ingarskilanjoki river. This requires a permit in accordance with the Water Act.

Baltic Connector Oy filed permit applications for building a subsea pipeline and a pipeline going under the Ingarskilanjoki river at the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland on 29 December 2016.

The Balticconnector project thus took another step forward. “The permit to build offshore is one of the key requirements of the project, and it is important that the permit application can be processed now, without delay,” says Herkko Plit, President and CEO of Baltic Connector Oy.

The Regional State Administrative Agency will give notice of the pending permit applications after examining their content. The commencement of proceedings  will also be announced on Baltic Connector Oy’s website. A decision on the matter from the Regional State Administrative Agency is expected in autumn 2017.

An application for a permit to deviate from the Inkoo Joddböle zoning plan was filed at the Municipality of Inkoo on 22 December 2016

The place at Inkoo where the gas pipeline of the Balticconector project comes ashore (landfall) requires a deviation from the zoning plan. A permit application to deviate from the zoning plan was filed at the Municipality of Inkoo on 22 December 2016.

Baltic Connector Oy is a state-owned company set up in 2015 to implement the Finnish part of the Balticconnector gas pipeline project. Balticconnector is a gas pipeline between Finland and Estonia that will enable the natural gas markets of the Baltic countries and Finland to be connected and allow the integration of these markets with the European Union’s common energy market. The new connection will enable competition in the natural gas market meaning that Finland is no longer as dependent as it is today on the gas connection from Russia.

The European Union has granted investment aid of 75% from the Connecting Europe Facility for Energy (CEF-E). The estimated total investment cost of the Balticconnector gas pipeline is EUR 250 million.

Inquiries:

Herkko Plit, President and CEO, Baltic Connector Oy, herkko.plit@balticconnector.fi tel. +358 50 462 0788

Tom Främling, Project Director, Baltic Connector Oy, tom.framling@balticconnector.fi tel. +358 50 326 2918

Baltic Connector Oy has filed a water permit application