Neste wraps up work on Inkoo LNG pipeline in Finland

Finland’s Neste has completed the construction work on the pipeline that connects Gasgrid’s FSRU-based LNG import terminal in Inkoo with the grid.

Neste’s Engineering Solutions started working on the 2.2 km long gas transmission pipeline in May last year and “most of the demanding work for this highly critical project was finalized during 2022,” according to a statement by Neste.

The scope included engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services of the gas transmission pipeline and equipment needed to connect the FSRU to the main Finnish gas transmission network.

It also included assistance in procurement of critical equipment, such as the gas unloading arm.

Neste worked together with Gasgrid and Ramboll Finland, which was responsible for the port structures.

According to Neste, the construction of the pipeline was completed in record time and “well within schedule.”

Excelerate Energy’s 150,900-cbm FSRU Exemplar serves Gasgrid’s import facility in Inkoo under a charter deal.

This is Finland’s first FSRU-based facility.

The unit started supplying regasified LNG to the grid on December 29 as part of the commissioning phase.

After that, it also received its first LNG tanker, the 174,130-cbm LNG carrier, Isabella, which delivered a cargo from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG terminal in the US.

Gasgrid said last month that that the FSRU-based facility was ready to start commercial operations.

Eesti Gas, a unit of Estonian investment firm Infortar, is the first customer and will bring in total seven shipments via Finland’s LNG facility in the port of Inkoo this year.

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