Estonian natural gas network operator Elering said its partner Connecto AS has started construction of the pipeline connection for the future Paldiski LNG terminal.
The Paldiski LNG terminal is a proposed LNG import terminal based on the FSRU. Estonian energy company Alexela is partnered with compatriot investment company Infortar on the terminal.
Completion of the Paldiski LNG terminal will take place in two stages. The first stage will include the construction of the connection with the Balticconnector gas pipeline and the rental of an FSRU. Then, in a second step, a permanent solution will also be built for the terminal.
Elering shall establish the necessary pipe connections. Preparations to secure the construction of the pipeline connection for the terminal began in early spring. On June 8, Elering said actual construction activities began last week.
Connecto AS, Elering’s partner for gas infrastructure maintenance and construction works, is the prime contractor.
“Connecto started work in Paldiski last week. The pipeline route has been marked and the focus is currently on preparatory work for the installation of the onshore pipeline,” said Taavi VeskimagiChairman of the Management Board of Elering. “We managed to shift the start of the biggest stage of the land part work – the start of the compressor directional drilling work to the coast – earlier than planned, with work already starting in July.”
The construction work for the Elering connection is broken down into four main stages:
- Onshore pipeline from compressor station to shore;
- Submarine pipeline from shore to mooring wharf;
- Gas installations located on the mooring quay;
- Connection equipment between the quay and the floating terminal to receive gas from ships.
Elering said that although the construction works of the connection will initially start on land, the start of substantive activities in the near future for the completion of the other stages is also possible.
The company also indicated that it already has the majority of the equipment and materials needed to build the LNG floating terminal connection.
The length of the connection between the compressor station and the mooring quay is approximately 1.2 kilometers.