Balticconnector Seabed Studies Under Way ({{commentsTotal}})

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Natural gas grid operators are starting seabed studies in the next phase of plans for Balticconnector, a 110-million-euro project that would link the Baltic gas network with Finland's.

The Finnish and Estonian grid operators, Gasum and Eesti Gaas Võrguteenus, will launch the study in Estonian waters tomorrow and in Finnish waters next week, a press release from Gasum said.

The study will survey potential environmental impact, determine the best possible route for the pipeline and assess safety, including thorough detection of any mines left over from World War II. The latter will involve the use of a magnetometer-equipped Swedish vessel and possibly an underwater robot.

Gasum is also one of the companies vying for the planned Estonian-Finnish LNG terminal. Its Estonian subsidiary was established in 2002.