On August 28, commemorative plaques with the symbolic footprints of three famous Estonian artists – singers Teo Maiste, Mati Palm and stage/film director and comedian Sulev Nõmmik - were opened on the sidewalk between the Viru hotel and the Estonian National Opera.
The author of the memorial plaques is the sculptor Tiiu Kirsipuu, the completion of the sculptures was supported by Infortar, and the tablets were put into the street pavement with the help of the Tallinn City Goverment. Arne Mikk, the initiator of the wonderful tradition, Ott Maaten, the general director of the Estonian National Opera, Ain Hanschmidt, the chairman of the board of AS Infortar, spoke at the opening.
There are already 40 tablets commemorating famous Estonian artists around the theatre.
On August 23, the cornerstone of a new office building was laid on Liivalaia street, the nine-story commercial building will be completed in one of Tallinn's busy areas already in the spring of next year.
"We are bringing our investments, i.e. subsidiaries from the city, together in one building, at the same time we will significantly increase the value of our real estate portfolio and assets, and the city will also get a nice building." Real estate is the third important field for us, next to shipping and energy, in which we see significant growth in the coming years, this week it is already the second cornerstone for us - on Monday we started the second phase of the Hiiu health campus," said Ain Hanschmidt, chairman of the board of Infortar.
Chief construction worker Inf Ehitus board member Ahto Aruväli said that in today's unpredictable situation, the prerequisite for success is the existence of trust and support between the client, the architect and the builder. "In this case, it is still a demanding object and quite a challenge for the builder, especially due to the complex location and the smallness of the plot - all this requires good planning, a professional team and the ability to be flexible when necessary," said Aruväli.
According to Indrek Tiigi, the architect of the office building and chairman of the board of Allianss Arhitektid, the high-rise building will have a minimalist formal language, and it will offer good views of the whole of Tallinn. "The building has been designed with a good working environment as a priority - the workspaces have been created with exemplary access to natural light and panoramic views. We envisioned a big change in the solution of Süda street, where we will build a boulevard in the front part of the building," said Tiigi.
The closed gross area of the nine-story building at Liivalaia 9, one of Tallinn's busiest streets, is 7,500 m2. The building will be energy efficient and will be equipped with modern and healthy indoor climate systems. The facade is covered with anodized aluminum and perforated aluminum lamellas providing additional sun protection. A bicycle storage facility will be located in the building to promote healthy modes of movement and carbon-neutral transport.
On August 22, the cornerstone was ceremonially laid for health center building, where Kivimäe Family Medical Centre, Haldja Dental Clinic and Vilde Farmacy will start operating from the beginning of next year. According to Ain Hanschmidt, chairman of the board of Infortar, in addition to top hospitals, primary medicine also needs development, better working conditions and environment than before. "If Infortar means this step forward in the development of the Hiiu health campus and the growth of the Kivimäe Family Medical Centre, it shows the concentration of services in modern health centers," said Hanschmidt. According to Lembi Põlder, manager of the Kivimäe Family Medical Centre, they are extremely happy that thanks to the cooperation with Infortar, the Kivimäe Family Medical Centre has the opportunity to expand and offer its patients even better care than before. "Thank you for the supportive attitude of the Nõmme district and all the residents of Nõmme, whose health concerns we have been able to find a solution to. We hope that the new premises and the expanding centre will also provide an opportunity to expand our team, and through this the satisfaction of patients will also increase and the availability of medical care close to home will improve," said Põlder. The Kivimäe Health Centre is located on the border of Nõmme and Kivimäe in the ecologically valuable park at Põllu 63. The building to be completed at the beginning of next year the architect is Indrek Suigusaar from Pluss Architects, and the main construction contractor is INF Ehitus, a member of the Infortar group. Kivimäe health center is the second building of Hiiu health campus, the first one was completed in 2016.
The thirtieth golf tournament Niitvälja Karikas by Infortar brought many unexpected solutions to the competition and excitement was shared until the very last moments, when one additional course in sudden-death format had to be played to determine the winner of the men's class. The winner was Mattias Varjun with a final score of 210 shots (-6). Anete Liis Adul won the women's class with a result of 227 shots (+11), Gunnar Kobin was the best among the male seniors with a result of 234 shots (+18). The main supporter of Estonia's oldest golf cup competition sends the best greetings to the winners, organizers and all participants!
The common goal of the two Estonian companies is to launch the terminal by November this year and thus ensure the security of supply to consumers.
“In our opinion, the liquefied natural gas terminal in Paldiski should be a public terminal. It is expected that other market participants, as well as investors, will join the project. If the government sets an exact deadline for phasing out Russian gas, and Elering builds a pipeline connection, the private sector will be able to solve the problem by joint efforts and launch the terminal by the beginning of the heating season this year,” said Mr Heiti Hääl, Chairman of the Board of Alexela Group, announcing that the investment company Infortar joins the LNG terminal project in Paldiski.“Estonia and the Baltic Sea region as a whole need diverse and sustainable energy solutions to maintain competitiveness and economic development. Residential consumers, industry, transport and heat generation expect convenience, reliability and safety from the new energy – all this is provided by new generation LNG gas. For Estonia, the construction of the terminal would also mean a historic opportunity to play the role of an “energy battery” for the entire region,” said Mr Ain Hanschmidt, Chairman of the Board of AS Infortar.The LNG terminal in Paldiski will be built in two phases: the first phase includes the construction of a connection between the berth and Balticconnector, as well as the rental of a floating terminal, while the second phase will build a permanent solution for the terminal. The cost of the terminal infrastructure, which will be completed this autumn, reaches 40 million euros. Negotiations are underway on the lease of a floating terminal, a tender for construction will be completed in the coming days, and the first prepayments for the supply of building materials have been made. This month, dredging and construction of the mooring pit will begin in Pakrineeme.Alexela and Infortar are also cooperating with Latvian and Finnish market participants to ensure energy security in all three countries during the coming heating period. In addition to Estonia, the LNG terminal in Paldiski will cover at least 80% of Finland’s gas needs.
Alexela and Infortar have many years of cooperation experience in OÜ Eesti Biogas, Estonia’s largest jointly owned biomethane plant producing biomethane from local feedstock in Vinni in Lääne-Viru County, Ilmatsalu in Tartu County and Oisu in Järvamaa. In addition to Paldiski, Alexela is building an LNG terminal in Hamina in Finland. Through its subsidiaries, Infortar has one of the most extensive shipping and LNG competencies in the region. Last year, Estonia’s first LNG bunkering vessel Optimus was built on Infortar’s order.
Energy group Elenger’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel has arrived to Estonia from a Dutch shipyard to become the first of its kind in the region. The service area of the LNG bunkering ship will comprise the part of the Baltic Sea centred around the Gulf of Finland. The ship, named Optimus, was christened with the Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, as the ship`’s godmother.
“This is the first such bunkering vessel in our region to start supplying LNG fuel to ships,” said Ain Hanschmidt, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Elenger, adding that the new vessel will contribute to preventing nearly 2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions during its lifecycle and will allow shipping companies to provide clients with a smoother and quieter travel experience.
Within a matter of a few years, Elenger Marine, has become the largest LNG bunker services supplier in the Baltic region, delivering LNG to Tallink’s shuttle Megastar(with Tallink’s new shuttle MyStar to join next year) as well as to a number of cargo vessels in the ports of Tallinn, Helsinki and Hanko.
The vessel can bunker tankers, cargo ships, passenger vessels and cruise ships in ports and in offshore waters. It’s tanks and pumps allow for up to 6000 m3 of liquefied natural gas to be delivered to clients at a rate of up to 1000 m3 per hour. The LNG bunkering vessel, which is almost a hundred metres in length, was built by the Dutch company Damen.
“We are very pleased to be playing a significant role in making sustainable shipping more accessible to ship-owners and operators in the Gulf of Finland,” added Peter Anssems, Damen Sales Manager for East Europe. “We are confident that Optimus will give many years of productive service to Elenger.”
Capable of carrying 6000 m3 of liquefied natural gas, the vessel belongs to the investment company Infortar and will be commercially operated by Elenger Marine. The construction of the ship was co-financed by OP Bank, and aid was granted by EU CEF (Connecting Europe Facility).