Preparatory work for offshore pipeline installation starting in the Gulf of Finland

The preparatory work for the installation of the Balticconnector project’s offshore pipeline will start after Midsummer holidays. The work will start with protective measures in the location of cables and the Nord Stream pipelines on the seabed. In July, the project continues with excavation work on the shores of Paldiski where the offshore pipeline enters Estonia. At the turn of July and August, the project moves on to the excavation work in the Fjusö area in Inkoo, which is where the pipeline meets the shore in Finland.

Intensive environmental monitoring and fishery investigations will be started concurrently with the preparatory work for the offshore pipeline. Constant monitoring enables reacting immediately if deviations from natural conditions are detected during the work. The monitoring will continue throughout the project.

“Starting the preparatory work for the offshore pipeline means that we are proceeding as planned. We have been preparing for 18 months, and it feels good to get the actual construction work started. The work is done with care, observing the environment and other stakeholders,” says Project Director Tom Främling.

Baltic Connector Oy is a state-owned company set up in 2015 to implement the Finnish part of the Balticconnector gas pipeline to be built between Finland and Estonia. When completed, Balticconnector will connect the gas networks of Finland and the Baltic countries and will enable the opening of the gas market in Finland. The EU has granted funding to cover 75% of the project, and the Balticconnector gas pipeline is due to be completed by 2020.

 

Inquiries:
Project Director, Tom Främling, tel: +358 50 3262 918
President and CEO, Herkko Plit, tel. +358 50 4620 788

 

Preparatory work for offshore pipeline installation starting in the Gulf of Finland, 21.6.2018