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Studies for Balticconnector
CEF Energy
Call year:
Location of the Action:
Implementation schedule: 
August 2014 to March 2018
Maximum EU contribution: 

Elering AS (Estonia)

Gasum Oy (Finland)

Baltic Connector Oy (Finland)

Energy corridor:
Energy sector:
Project(s) of Common Interest:
Executive summary: 

Executive Summary available here.

Additional information: 

European Commission, DG ENER

Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)

European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG)

Last modified: 
April 2021


This Action relates to the Project of Common Interest (PCI) 8.1.1. Interconnector between Estonia and Finland ("Balticconnector"), which is a bi-directional offshore pipeline that will physically connect the Finnish and Estonian gas networks.

Balticconnector consists of three sections: the 22 km-long onshore pipeline in Finland (including a compressor and custody metering station), the 81 km-long offshore pipeline, and the 54 km-long onshore pipeline in Estonia (including a compressor and custody metering station).

The objective of this Action was to carry out preparatory studies aimed at getting technical and financial information in order to obtain the necessary permits for the pipeline's offshore and onshore sections, as well as prepare the Final Investment Decision (FID) for Balticconnector. It included both business model and environmental and technical studies.

The business model studies were composed of the market analysis/market modelling and preparations for the business plan and investment request to the national regulatory authorities.

The environmental and technical studies consisted of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report, Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) and detailed engineering tasks, including geotechnical and geophysical studies and procurement procedures for construction.