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Balticconnector pipeline makes significant developments

Balticconnector pipeline makes significant developments

The Balticconector pipeline has seen a number of developments, including gaining build permission, a compressor procurement and the signing of a new pipe-manufacturing agreement.

The €250 million (US$283.7 million), 153 km gas pipeline, which will provide a link between the existing gas networks in Finland and Estonia, has announced a number of significant developments since beginning the second phase of terrain survey in September.

The Ministry of Economic affairs has authorised the Balticconnector’s construction across the Finnish boarder.

The project, which meets the objective of connection Europe’s gas networks and creating a shared market for Finland and the Baltic state, has valid authorisation for five years, during which the project must be completed.

“Integration with the European gas market means that when the Finnish gas market opens in 2020, new market participants can be introduced to the market,” Baltic Connector Oy President and CEO Herkko Plit said.

“There is more competition on open gas markets, which also affects gas pricing.

“Balticconnector will diversify gas sources and supply routes while also improving operational reliability.”

Baltic Connector Oy has also signed a €5 million (US$ 5.8 million) agreement with Baker Hughes, a GE Company subsidiary Thermodyn S.A.S for the delivery and installation of a gas pressure regulation compressor. The compressor’s capacity is 300,000 mN/h, with a maximum working pressure is 80 bar.

“This is the project’s first significant acquisition made through public procurement,” said Mr Plit.

“The procurement of the compressor is important also for staying on schedule.”

Commenting on the agreement with Thermodyn, Baltic Connector Oy Project Director Tom Främling said the compressor is essential to the infrastructure that will be built around it.

“The procurement of the compressor is central for the project because the infrastructure and the other devices of the compressor station will be built around the compressor,” Mr Främling said.

“The compressor procured is based on the latest high-speed technology, which is emission free in operation and allows for a wider operating range and lower operating costs.”

The compressor will be delivered to the worksite in Inkoo, Finland in March 2019.

In addition to the compressor, Baltic Connector Oy has also signed agreements for the manufacture of a dust-liquid separator and pipes.

The dust-liquid separator, which removes any liquid or solid impurities in the gas, for the compressor station will be manufactured by Austrian supplier HEAT Group.

It will be installed in the compressor station in 2018 and 2019, and is anticipated to be commissioned at the end of 2019.

It also made a pipe manufacture agreement with Corinth Pipeworks that covers 20 km of the onshore portion of the gas pipeline, which will be delivered in Spring 2018.

“It is important for the project that the purchases proceed as scheduled,” Mr Främling said.

“Now that an expropriation permit has been obtained and pipes will be manufactured, construction work can begin on the onshore section of the pipeline in Spring 2018.

“Purchasing devices for the compressor station will enable the devices to be installed in 2018 and 2019.”

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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