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Baltic Connector Oy begins second phase of terrain survey

Baltic Connector Oy begins second phase of terrain survey

During September, Baltic Connector Oy will begin the second phase of the proposed natural gas pipeline’s terrain survey.

The €250 million (US$283.7 million) Balticconnector pipeline will provide a link between the existing gas networks in Finland and Estonia, and includes the construction of a 153 km pipeline, pipeline systems, stations, and facilities to link the two countries’ supplies.

The first section of the pipeline will start in Siuntio, Finland, and travel 98 km, pass through Inkoo, and cross the border to Paldiski in Estonia; it will then run 55 km reaching its destination in Kiili, Estonia.

The terrain survey will mark out the pipeline routeing and work area for terrain inspection, and will be carried out in the region of the Inkoo and Siuntio municipalities, and Loha.

“The aim is to conduct the surveys in a way that will not cause any adverse effects or damage for the landowners,” Project Director Tom Främling said.

“The markings on the fields are made after the harvest and will be removed as needed before spring work.”

The majority of the pipes have a diameter of 500 mm, increasing to 700 mm on the final section; once completed it will have a capacity of 7.2 million m3 per day.

Expropriation and advanced take-over permit applications for the natural gas pipeline and the area required for its construction have been submitted to the Finnish Government, after the Finnish Parliament approved the Natural Gas Market Act earlier this year.

On 19 September, Baltic Connector signed a 50-year land lease agreement for a compressor station and for the transport of natural gas and related operations in the municipality of Inkoo in the Svartbäck region.

Construction of the compressor station will begin in winter 2018, with the launch of the station anticipated for the end of 2019, putting the project on track for its projected completion in 2020.

An in-depth article on the Balticconnector pipeline was featured in the September edition of Pipelines International. To view the magazine on your PC, Mac, tablet, or mobile device, click here.

For more information visit the Balticconnector website.

If you have a project you would like featured in Pipelines International contact Managing Editor Nick Lovering at nlovering@gs-press.com.au

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