Subsea Engineering Associates Pty Ltd (“SEA”) together with Polish based ILF Consulting Engineers Polska Sp. z o.o. (“ILF”) have been awarded an Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) contract for the offshore gas pipeline section of the Balticconnector Project between Finland and Estonia.

Balticconnector is a gas pipeline between Finland and Estonia that will enable the natural gas markets of the Baltic countries and Finland to be connected and allow the integration of these markets with the European Union’s common energy market. The new connection will open up competition in the natural gas market and means that Finnish gas market derogation will end.

The scope of the offshore project includes over 82km of 20-inch bi-directional subsea gas pipeline, shore crossings, pre- and post-lay trenching and rock dumping. The work will be executed by an experienced team from ILF and SEA with personnel located in Warsaw, Perth and Helsinki.

The project is being undertaken on behalf of Baltic Connector Oy, a state-owned company set up in 2015 to implement the Finnish part of the Balticconnector gas pipeline project, and Elering AS, an Estonian company providing natural gas transmission service from the Estonian border to clients’ connection points.

“We believe that the operators selected have the preconditions to successfully conduct their part of the project. Given that the funding and investment decisions have been confirmed earlier this autumn and a key partner has been selected, we now have the possibility to proceed accordingly to the plans of the implementation phase”, says Herkko Plit, President and CEO of Baltic Connector Oy.

Adam Czajko, Director at SEA, said: “We are very pleased to be selected for this high-profile project. This is SEA’s second offshore pipeline EPCM project in the Baltic Sea, following recent award of the Baltic Gas Project in the Polish sector. We are looking forward to delivering the Balticconnector project detailed design and moving into the procurement and contracting stage early next year.”

The European Union has granted investment aid of 75% from the Connecting Europe Facility for Energy (CEF-E). The estimated total investment cost of the Balticconnector gas pipeline is EUR 250 million.