Joining Finland and Estonia with gas
Baltic Connector Ltd, owned and run by the Finnish government, manages the Finnish part of the Baltic connector pipeline project. The intention is to connect Finnish and Estonian gas grids with a gas pipeline, enabling integration with the EU common energy market. It will build energy security in the region by diversifying both supply and distribution, and allowing easier maintenance. It will also facilitate the opening up of the Finnish gas market.
7.2 million m3 of gas per day
transfer capacity of the pipeline .
total investment cost.
bi-directional gas transmission pipeline.
The project needed a 150-kilometre bi-directional gas transmission pipeline. Eighty kilometres of it is offshore between Paldiski, in the North-West of Estonia, and Inkoo, in the South of Finland. The project also required two onshore gas transmission pipelines in Finland and Estonia, a gas metering station, and two compressor stations, one for each town.
3 challenges Baltic Connector wanted to solve:
1) Pipe integration into existing infrastructure.
2) Project within budget and on schedule.
3) Enable integration with the EU common energy market.
After a bidding round in 2016, Neste Engineering Solutions was chosen to join an integrated project management team. The company played a key role in building the entire natural gas infrastructure across Finland, and has a lot of experience in the hydrocarbon and bio industries, including many LNG terminal projects. This background made them ideal as a project management services partner for the Baltic connector project.
Pipe integration into the existing infrastructure and project delivered within budget and on schedule. Baltic Connector gas pipeline will increase maintenance reliability and energy security in the whole area and once completed, the transfer capacity of the pipeline will be 7.2 million cubic metres of gas per day.