The commissioning of the Balticconnector gas pipeline connecting the Finnish and Estonian gas infrastructures was celebrated yesterday. The Commissioning Celebration took place simultaneously in Helsinki, Finland and Paldiski, Estonia. The parallel events were interconnected with a live stream in the spirit of good cooperation between the two countries and the EU. Guests of honor and speakers at the event were the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö, the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, Minister of Economic Affairs in Finland Mika Lintilä, Minister for Economic Affairs and Infrastructure in Estonia Taavi Aas and Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Deputy Director-General form European Commission Energy Directorate.
The bidirectional Balticconnector pipeline was ready for operation already in November, one month ahead of schedule. This enables the opening of the gas markets of Finland and Estonia and integrating them with the rest of Europe on January 1, 2020. The pipeline improves the local operational reliability of the gas system and enables decentralized gas supplies, as well as the use of LNG and biogas.
Read more about the celebration event from Baltic Connector’s press release: