Gas pipeline for Gasgrid Finland’s floating LNG terminal completed in record time

Neste’s Engineering Solutions has completed the construction work of the 2.2-kilometre gas transmission pipeline for Gasgrid Finland’s floating LNG terminal vessel FSRU Exemplar in the port of Inkoo.

FSRU Exemplar. Courtesy of Gasgrid Finland

Finnish transmission system operator Gasgrid recently implemented the country’s first FSRU-based terminal to secure the supply of gas to industry, energy production and households from winter 2023 onwards.

The work on the LNG terminal began in August 2022 and included the pier and mooring structures and systems needed by the FSRU, which were completed in December 2022 prior to the FSRU’s arrival, as well as the construction of a 2.2-kilometre gas pipeline.

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According to Neste, the pipeline project was completed in a record time and it included engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services and equipment needed to connect the FSRU to the main Finnish gas transmission network.

Work began in June 2022 and most of the demanding work was finalized during 2022 allowing the first natural gas molecules from the LNG floating terminal vessel to be transmitted via the pipeline on 29 December 2022.

The gas transmission pipeline EPCM work was coordinated together with Gasgrid Finland and Ramboll Finland Oy, which was responsible for the port structures. Neste’s Engineering Solutions’ scope included detailed design, procurement of materials with the expedition, contracting and construction management for the gas transmission pipeline, civil works and integration to the existing infrastructure.

The project also included assistance in the procurement of critical equipment, such as the gas unloading arm, not belonging to the traditional pipeline design scope.

“We are proud to have been part of such a critical project and happy that our extensive knowledge in natural gas infrastructure and LNG terminals proved very useful”, said Patrick von Essen, Senior Vice President, Engineering Solutions at Neste.

“The project has been a success. Thanks to the committed and experienced professionals we were able to engineer, construct and commission the new port structures and gas network connection in record time. The Inkoo LNG floating terminal project is an excellent example of teamwork between different parties at its best. Now that our LNG floating terminal is ready, it also improves the security of supply for Finnish society”, said Esa Hallivuori, Senior Vice President, Transmission Business at Gasgrid Finland Oy.

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