Balticconnector Gas Pipeline

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Balticconnector Gas Pipeline is a bi-directional natural gas pipeline project between Siuntio, Finland, and Kiili, Estonia, which connects the Estonian and Finnish gas grids.[1][2]

Location

The pipeline links Siuntio, Finland to Paldiski, Estonia.

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Project Details

  • Operator: Elering‎; Baltic Connector OY
  • Capacity: 7.2 million cubic meters per day
  • Length: 150 kilometers
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 2020

Background

The 150-kilometer natural gas pipeline is segmented into three divisions; a 22-kilometer Finnish onshore section, an 81-kilometer offshore section on the seabed of the Gulf of Finland, and a 47-kilometer Estonian onshore section.[3] The project is composed of pipeline systems, stations and facilities to connect the existing gas networks in Finland and Estonia. The capacity of the pipeline is 7.2 million cubic meters per day.[4]

The total cost of the project is reported to be 250 million Euros[4][3]. The European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility fund provided the project a grant of 187.5 million euros, which covered 75% of the construction costs.[5] The pipeline was scheduled to begin construction in 2018[6].

As of July 2019, construction work for the offshore portion of the pipeline was complete, including pipe laying and shielding. The next planned step was to pressure test the offshore pipeline in July-August of 2019, after which the pipeline would be emptied and dried. The offshore pipeline was planned to be connected to the onshore pipelines in Finland and Estonia during the fall of 2019. The pipeline was expected to be fully ready at the end of 2019, and that gas will start to flow in the pipeline on 1 January 2020 as the Finnish gas market opens.[7]

In November 2019 the Finnish and Estonian parts of the pipeline were successfully connected and gas-flow was established.[8]. The pipeline began operation on January 1, 2020[9]

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References

  1. Balticconnector, The Project accessed Jan. 10, 2020
  2. Balticconnector, Wikipedia, accessed March 2018
  3. 3.0 3.1 Balticconnector Transnational Pipeline Hydrocarbons Technology, accessed Jan. 10, 2020
  4. 4.0 4.1 Baltic Connector accessed March 2018
  5. Balticconnector pipeline connecting the gas networks of Finland and Estonia ready for use on 1 January 2020 European Commission, December 11, 2019 (accessed Jan. 10, 2020)
  6. John Pagni, The Finland-Estonia gas pipeline is a ‘high-level project for the EU’ – breaking the dependency on Russia, Business Insider Nordic, May 24, 2017
  7. Laxman Pai, Balticconnector Offshore Pipeline Completed Marine Link, July 16, 2019
  8. Estonia-Finland natural gas link established as Balticconnector filled, err.ee, Nov. 29, 2019
  9. Balticconnector gas pipeline up and running since 1 January 2020 European Commission, Jan. 8, 2020 (accessed Jan. 10, 2020)

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