In the mid July 2022 UAB MT Group together with AB Connecto Eesti concluded a contract with Estonian electricity and gas system operator Elering for construction of the offshore main gas pipeline. The purpose of this pipeline is to ensure the operation of the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal in Paldiski, Estonia.

„We are delighted to be a part of the most important energy independence project for Estonia during its entire existence as an independent state. Estonian LNG terminal is an equivalent to Klaipeda LNG terminal, where MT Group performed submerged gas pipeline erection and commissioning works back in 2014. Although the implementation of this project requires special equipment, and the deadlines for the completion of the works are extremely ambitious, we hope to complete all construction works as smoothly and timely as possible,“ says Mindaugas Zakaras, Chairman of the Board of MT Group.

Last week MT Group had an honour to welcome Estonian President Mr. Alar Karis together with his delegation in the construction site, where progress of the works and technology was introduced to honourable visitors.

According to M. Zakaras, during the implementation of the Project MT Group has to install an 800m long offshore gas pipeline and is responsible for its complete preparation for operation. Port dredging vessels, tugboats, pontoons, cranes and other special equipment will be used to implement the construction of the gas pipeline, helping to ensure the implementation of complex technological solutions. Currently trench excavation works in the sea bottom are ongoing, after which gas pipeline laying and commissioning works will be commenced.

Offshore gas pipeline construction works are executed in compliance with the highest standards and requirements applicable to offshore activities. The completion of the works is foreseen by October this year, which is the final condition for berthing of the Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU vessel) at the Paldiski LNG terminal. A deadline of 14 weeks is set for the construction and commissioning of the gas pipeline and other engineering systems.

This project is part of the Estonian-Finnish joint gas supply security project, which aims to strengthen energy security in the entire region and stop gas purchases from Russia. After the implementation of this project, the constructed underwater main gas pipeline will connect the LNG terminal in the Estonian city of Paldiski with the national gas grid.