The preparations that began in early spring to enable the construction of the pipeline connection for the future Paldiski LNG terminal finally came to a close last week with the start of actual building activity. The principal contractor is Connecto AS, a partner of Elering in relation to gas infrastructure maintenance and building.
“Connecto commenced work in Paldiski last week. The route of the gas pipeline has been marked and the current focus is on preparatory work for the installation of the overland pipeline,” said Taavi Veskimägi, Chairman of the Management Board of Elering. “We managed to shift the commencement of the biggest work stage of the overland part – the initiation of directional drilling work from the compressor to the coast – earlier than previously expected, with work already beginning in July,” he added.
The construction work of the connection to be built by Elering is divided into four major stages: overland pipeline from the compressor station to the coast, submarine pipeline from the coast to the mooring quay, gas installations situated on the mooring quay, and connecting equipment between the quay and the floating terminal for receiving gas from ships. Although the work for building the connection will initially begin on land, the initiation of substantive activities in the near future for the completion of the other stages is possible as well.
Elering already possesses the majority of the equipment and materials required for building the LNG floating terminal connection. The 12-metre line sections, with the longest delivery term, for building the overland and submarine pipeline are awaiting the commencement of work in the area of the compressor station. The essential specially designed rapid-action stopcocks that will ensure safety in the event of potential accidents have also been acquired.
Some 100 different products are included in the list of equipment and materials required for building the connection. The length of the connection from the compressor station to the mooring quay is approximately 1.2 kilometres.