Finland to restrict access to LNG port after gas pipeline damage

(Reuters) - The Finnish government said on Friday it will tighten access to key parts of the country's Inkoo port, where a vessel to import LNG was installed late last year.

Nordic and Baltic nations have said they will tighten security at energy installations following sudden damage on Sunday to a gas pipeline connecting Finland and Estonia, in what investigators believe could have been deliberate sabotage.

The pipeline outage makes Finland more dependent on importing gas via the Exemplar floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) installed at Inkoo, the largest of two Finnish LNG receiving facilities.

The Finnish interior ministry said it has launched a working group with the aim of adding the Inkoo port to a national decree on movement and residence permit restrictions.

"The decree contains items where movement and residence are restricted under the Police Act," it said in a statement.

There are currently 230 facilities on the interior ministry's list of restricted areas

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