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Finland will upgrade Balticconnector gas pipeline to raise imports from Estonia

The Finnish state-owned natural gas transmission system operator Gasgrid has announced that the Balticconnector gas pipeline will increase its gas transmission capacity between Estonia and Finland by October 2024.

The Balticconnector is an 80-km long undersea gas pipeline that connects Finland via Paldiski (Estonia) and Inkoo (Finland), is jointly operated by Estonian electricity and gas system operator Elering and Gasgrid (at 50% each). The gas pipeline has an original northbound capacity ranging from 55 to 60 GWh/d in winter and 65 GWh/d in summer; Gasgrid aims to increase the Estonia-Finland gas flows to 70.5 GWh/d. The gas pipeline can also export 78 GWh/d of gas from Finland to Estonia.

The project has been under maintenance since last October after detecting an unusual drop in pressure that indicated the presence of a leak.