• 2018 November 6 12:43

    Construction of Balticconnector’s onshore part starts

    The construction of the onshore part of the Balticconnector Estonian-Finnish gas interconnection, which will cost 43.4 million euros and is to be completed in October next year, officially commenced on 2 November, Eesti Gaas says in a press release. 

    Before the symbolic first weld, speeches were made by Kadri Simson, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure; Taavi Veskimägi, chairman of the board of Elering; Ants Noot, chairman of the board of Eesti Gaas; and Roland Vaikmäe, the project director for the construction consortium of EG Ehitus, Scanweld and Alvora.  The beginning of the construction of the onshore interconnection was celebrated in the place where the offshore and the onshore pipeline join the compressor station on the Pakri Peninsula.

    According to Kadri Simson, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, Balticconnector will unite the gas markets of Estonia and Finland. “Gas is said to be the bridge to fuels of the future. In addition to the economic impact, Balticconnector will undoubtedly have an environmental impact when biomethane produced in both countries will be mowing through the pipelines in the future. Good connections and local production facilities have given Estonia the status of one of the most energy-independent countries in Europe, and we will continue working for energy efficiency.”

    Ants Noot, chairman of the board of Eesti Gaas, expressed hope for Balticconnector to contribute to the development of Estonia’s gas market and create opportunities for wider use of environmentally cleaner energy.  “Natural gas is one of the fuels with the smallest environmental footprint.  Considerable investments have been made in energy security, and the broader natural gas user base is, the easier it will be to cover the investment costs and maintain gas price at the level affordable for consumers,” Noot said, adding that the interconnection will also create a feasible opportunity for connecting the urban areas of Keila and Paldiski to the gas network as well.

    EG Ehitus, a subsidiary company of Eesti Gaas, is acting as the main construction contractor for the project. The onshore pipeline of Balticconnector will pass through Kiili, Saku and Saue rural municipalities, Keila town and Lääne-Harju rural municipality. The length of the onshore part of the interconnection in Estonia will be 55 kilometers. The pipeline will be assembled from 12-meter-long sections, each weighing 1.8-2.6 tones, and the assembly will require nearly 6,000 welded joints. The onshore part of the pipeline will be completed by the end of October 2019.

    “This is the largest pipeline construction project since Estonia regained independence; it is highly demanding from the engineering and technical perspective while the timeframe for completion is exceptionally short, under one year,” commented Ahto Aruväli, head of EG Ehitus, the leader of the construction consortium. “To perform this work, we have assembled a highly motivated and capable international team, consolidating various competencies of three companies from two countries: EG Ehitus and Scanweld from Estonia and Alvora from Lithuania.”

    In some sections of the pipeline, preparation and construction works started in September, and installation will be going on along the entire length of the pipe since the beginning of November. The pipeline will have around 45 crossings with roads, railways and rivers. “One of the most complicated sections, placing the heaviest responsibility on us, is the approximately 15-meter-wide and 4-meter-deep crossing of the pipeline with Keila River in Lääne-Harju rural municipality, which will be completed by means of horizontal directional drilling,” Ahto Aruväli explained.

    Elering concluded a contract for the construction of the onshore part of Balticconnector with the construction consortium consisting of AS EG Ehitus, AS Scanweld and UAB Alvora in April. Balticconnector will allow the gas market uniting the Baltic States and Finland to be created and gas supply security to be increased.

    The cost of the construction of the Balticconnector onshore part is 43.4 million euros. The total cost of the project is 300 million euros, of which 206 million will be covered by the European Union.

2019 August 24

14:42 Eastern Shipbuilding delivers the CAPT. JIM McALLISTER with a USCG Sub-M COI to McAllister Towing
13:26 Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale yields more than $159m in high bids, continues Upward Trend Under Trump Administration USDoI
11:38 Grieg Star takes delivery Supramax vessel the Star Damon
10:58 DNV GL launches renewables certification operations in U.S.

2019 August 23

18:36 Bridge parts transported for second Theemsweg route bridge
18:06 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to East and South Africa, Indian Ocean
17:55 Onezhsky Shipyard launches TSHD Yury Maslyukov
17:36 First CLEANBU wet-dry cargo switch with significant positive environmental impact
17:20 Atomflot and Baltiysky Zavod sign agreement on construction of fourth and fifth nuclear-powered icebreakers of Project 22220
17:05 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
16:45 MPI Resolution started blade repair campaign in offshore wind farm
16:35 PIL’s fleet attains Environmental Ship Index (ESI) certification
16:05 Botlek becomes Vopak's styrene hub
15:44 First-of-a-kind floating nuclear power unit Akademik Lomonosov leaves Murmansk for Pevek
15:23 CMA CGM will not use the Northern Sea Route
15:17 Vessel powered by ABB Azipod® propulsion reaches North Pole for the first time in history
15:13 NOVATEK’s Board recommends 1H 2019 dividend
14:47 PGNiG Group posts more than PLN 22.6bn in revenue for H1 2019
14:16 BC Ferries supports whale research at Galiano Island
13:52 Marsden Point, New Zealand tops BIMCO Terminal Vetting Report
13:29 Missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov entered Mediterranean Sea
13:08 Boskalis half year result 2019 tainted by offshore projects
12:34 Sevastopol Sea Port to be subsidized with RUB 54 million by municipal government
12:08 Bibby HydroMap commences second UXO survey for Vattenfall
11:40 Tests of unique replenishment system of Akademik Pashin tanker successfully completed
11:08 DP World Liège Container Terminal boosts eco-efficiency with Konecranes
10:55 Eesti Energia to use Klaipėda LNG terminal services
10:26 Hamburg, Germany to host 15th Arctic Shipping Summit on 4-5 December 2019
10:07 Bridge parts transported for second Theemsweg route bridge
09:53 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.1% to $55.98, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.01% to $55.35
09:34 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 2,118 points
09:07 Damen wins UX Design Award for Human Machine Interface for Tugs
08:35 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning August, 23
08:07 World’s largest all-electric ferry completes its maiden trip

2019 August 22

18:04 Australian Maritime College and KONGSBERG eye potential for VR training with renewed support program
17:39 Nordic Engineering sponsors roundtable meeting “Import Substitution in Russian Shipbuilding: Ambition and Reality”
17:04 DOF Subsea issues Financial Report for 2nd quarter of 2019
16:47 Karelia proposed construction of deep-water freight and passenger port Kem’
16:25 Bunker prices go down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
16:04 Navios Acquisition reports results for H1 2019
15:53 PJSC TransContainer reports its Financial Results under IFRS for 6M'2019
15:12 ReCAAP ISC has released Guidance on Abduction of Crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and Waters off Eastern Sabah
15:04 Essar Ports expects to meet 60 MT target for FY20
14:31 Höegh LNG announces interim results for the quarter and half year ended 30 June 2019
14:14 Peel Ports takes important step towards being Brexit ready
13:56 Yamal LNG shipped twenty million tons
13:35 Arctic block of Far East Investment and Export Agency headed by Dmitry Fishkin
13:13 Sea Machines successfully deploys industry’s first autonomous spill-response vessel
12:28 Fire onboard MV Pyotr Tchaikovsky kills one in Saint-Petersburg
12:13 Frontera Offshore and DOF Subsea join forces for the Subsea Construction and IMR Mexican market
11:31 Kalmar to enhance STS crane capabilities at EUROGATE Tanger
11:21 HELCOM publishes report on noise sensitivity of animals in the Baltic Sea
10:59 HELCOM gets a new Executive Secretary
10:35 Caterpillar Eurasia and Admiral Makarov University agreed on establishing a brand new up-to-date training center
10:10 Steps towards new treaty to protect marine biodiversity
09:38 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.41% to $60.04, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.38% to $55.47
09:20 Hapag-Lloyd announces changes of North Europe Mediterranean Express Service
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is up to 2,061 points
08:44 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 22