Pakrineeme LNG Loading Arm Installed by RVT Ehitus

RVT Ehitus has completed the installation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) loading arm, along with a hydraulic power unit, at the mooring quay in Lahepera Bay, Paldiski. The work, costing 600,000 euros, was commissioned by Elering, and the winning bid was made in collaboration with Mapri Ehitus.

Taavo Säärits, CEO of RVT Ehitus, mentioned that a suitable crane ship was required to submit a bid for the Elering tender. “Given that the 50-ton loading arm is significantly higher than sea level and required a crane ship capable of lifting at least 40 meters, the selection of cranes in our region is very limited. Fortunately, we were able to rent a crane with a lifting capacity of 330 tons from Poland,” Säärits explained.

The loading arm arrived in Estonia by road and was assembled on the quay at Paldiski North Port, to be hooked onto the crane ship and transported around the Pakri Peninsula to the installation position on the mooring quay. “We were lucky with the weather when the crane ship arrived; after one stormy day, we had a very calm and beautiful sunny day, which allowed us to complete the installation,” said Säärits.

According to Reigo Kebja, Member of the Management Board and Asset Manager of Elering, the collaboration on the loading arm installation went very smoothly. “I am very pleased that there were no significant obstacles, weather or technical, that could have disrupted the installation schedule. The partner was meticulously prepared for the installation and had considered all possible scenarios in advance, which certainly facilitated the success of the project,” Kebja said.

Säärits believes that the installation of the loading arm provides additional security for Estonia’s gas consumers, as the country has different options for gas supply. He also hopes that this will encourage manufacturing companies to plan and invest in Estonia, developing industries that require large-scale energy and providing jobs for builders, the technology sector, suppliers, and workers.

RVT Ehitus, which specializes in environmental and industrial construction, had a turnover of 7 million euros in 2023 and employs six specialists. Their completed projects include the reconstruction of the mechanical treatment stage at Tallinn’s wastewater treatment plant, construction work for Estonian Cell’s biogas plant and aerobic wastewater treatment plant, the expansion of Raumedic Estonia’s production building, and cleanroom installation work.