The Polish ILF Consulting Engineers Polska Sp. z o.o. (ILF) in cooperation with the Australian company Subsea Engineering Associates Pty Ltd (SEA) have been chosen to provide the engineering services for the offshore gas pipeline section between Finland and Estonia. The today, 14 November 2016, signed contract concerns the overall management of engineering, procurement and construction of the offshore pipeline (EPCM Contract).
ILF has experience of several contracts regarding consulting and project management in the energy sector. The Australian company SEA, that will operate as the subcontractor, is an engineering and consulting company that focuses on demanding subsea engineering. The Balticconnector is SEA’s second offshore pipeline EPCM project in the Baltic Sea region, the first one being the construction of the Baltic Gas Project gas pipeline on the coast of Poland.
”We believe that the operators selected have the preconditions to successfully conduct their part of the project. Given that the funding and investment decisions have been confirmed earlier this autumn and a key partner has been selected, we now have the possibility to proceed accordingly to the plans of the implementation phase”, says Herkko Plit, President and CEO of Baltic Connector Oy.
Balticconnector connects the gas networks of Finland and Estonia through a 150 kilometer long bi-directional gas transmission pipeline, from which 80 kilometer will be constructed offshore. The project enables the interconnection and integration of the Baltic and Finnish gas markets to EU’s internal energy markets.
The Finnish state owned company Baltic Connector Oy and the Estonian transmission network company Elering AS are responsible for the construction of the Balticconnector gas pipeline. The estimated total investment cost of the Balticconnector gas pipeline is EUR 250 million and 75 per cent of this amount will be co-funded by the European Commission. The interconnecting pipeline is expected to be completed by 2020.
Herkko Plit, President and CEO, Baltic Connector Oy, tel. +358 50 462 0788
Tom Främling, Project Director, Baltic Connector Oy, tel. +358 50 326 2918