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Sillamäe modernises heating pipelines and gets beach back

  • The local heat production and distribution company in Sillamäe, Estonia, has received a 60% grant from Norway to their €0.5 million project aimed at modernising the district’s heating network, which will also clear the city’s beach of above-ground pipelines and return it to its residents.

    The small town of Sillamäe at the Estonian seaside churned out uranium to supply Soviet nuclear weapons for 50 years, resulting in a tough battle against this industry’s negative impact on the environment in recent years.
     "Sillamäe is however developing into a very different town," said project manager Dmitri Lohmatov of AS Sillamäe SEJ, referring to the rapid development seen in Sillamäe, which has become a large port in the eastern part of the EU. Now local residents are warmly welcoming the initiative of the company AS Sillamäe SEJ to modernise their pipelines and cut emissions of greenhouse gases by 1,600 tonnes a year, which becomes a reality thanks to a €325,000 grant from Norway.
     Today the 16,000 residents share their city with over 2.5 kilometres of old pipelines located above ground. “We can not use the full scope of our beach, as 900 metres of pipeline are blocking the 450 metres beach,” project manager Dmitri Lohmatov of AS Sillamäe SEJ said. The above-ground pipeline is also resulting in a high heat loss as the pipes currently lining the seashore is cooled by wind and water. “As we now place the pipelines under ground we will dramatically decrease heat loss from 20% to 5%,” Lohmatov said.
     The preparatory works for the project will take place during the first half of 2008. The pipelines to be replaced are serving over 2000 apartments, and the actual works on the heating network will therefore take place during summer 2009 when the heat supply can be turned off. Following project completion the heat company intends to waive its rights to the beach area, giving the municipality the go-ahead for its plan to develop the area into a recreational zone for the inhabitants in Sillamäe.
    Photo: Kari Ertresvåg, FMO

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    Project title:

    Relocation of the Piping of District Heating out of the Beach Area of the City of Sillamäe

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Environment and sustainable development


    € 324,174



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    AS Sillamäe SEJ

    Type of institution:

    Private owned enterprise

    Project duration:

    20 months

    Project cost:

    € 541,820

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    29 January 2008

    The purpose of the Project is reduction of oil shale as prime fuel for production of heat through the modernisation of a heat pipe network in Sillamäe, with the overall object of reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases in Estonia. Reference is made to the application dated 2 July 2007 and subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point dated 3 August 2007 and 24 August 2007.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results;

    - Preparation of plans for the removal of aboveground heat pipeline and replacement of the latter with a new underground pipeline at Ranna Street;

    - Preparation of the public procurement documents for removal of the old and construction of the new heat pipeline;

    - Entry into contracts with companies selected through the public procurement procedure for the heat pipeline;

    - Reconstruction of the heat pipeline;

    - Energy audit of the heat pipeline;

    - Publicity and project management.

    The Project Promoter is AS Sillamäe SEJ. The Project shall be implemented in partnership with the Sillamäe City Government and the Sillamäe City Council.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Project Promoter provides at least 40 percent of the total eligible project costs.