State wants to buy back Haapsalu railroad dam
Estonian Railways discontinued passenger rail traffic between Haapsalu and Riisipere in 1995 and sold the railroad along with the dam. Now, Estonia's economic affairs and infrastructure minister believes the state company should buy it back.
19.05.2017, Nils NiitraPM
High-rise planned for EKA plot
The new owner of the plot at Tartu mnt 1 wants to construct a 30-story high-rise where the project of the Estonian Academy of Arts' (EKA) planned 14-story building failed.
28.04.2017, Uwe GnadenteichPM
CEO of road construction company charged with fostering fraud
The western district prosecutor's office is accusing CEO of one of Estonia's largest road construction companies Sven Pertens of aiding benefit fraud. Pertens denies all charges.
10.04.2017, Helen MihelsonPM
Eesti Energia's Jordan venture makes history
National energy company Eesti Energia concluded the world's biggest oil shale project investment and the first case of export of Estonian oil shale know-how with a total volume of $2.1 billion dollars in Jordan yesterday.
17.03.2017, Andres ReimerPM
Hiiumaa to host Estonia's most powerful solar plant
Work is set to begin on the biggest solar power plant in Estonia in the town of Kärdla – the power output of the new plant is five times that of existing, 200-kilowatt solar plants.
03.02.2017, Helen MihelsonPM
Bribes give acquaintances the edge
Long-time Technical Director of the North Estonia Regional Hospital (PERH) Ivo Mill is suspected of preferring two construction and one design company for the hospital's construction procurements for which he received more than €50,000 in bribes in just a few years.
19.01.2017, Risto BerendsonPM
Dirty secret of Estonia’s building sites
The number of violations related to the recruitment of foreign labour has increased steeply, because some Estonian construction firms have discovered a new source of wealth – Ukrainians willing to build houses in Estonia for a few hundred euros per month while living in ascetic conditions.
20.12.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Lillekula Stadium to add 3,000 seats, build new facade for EUR 1.7 mln
The Estonian Football Association has announced a tender for the contract to build an additional seating capacity of 3,000 and a new facade in Lillekla Stadium, home ground of the Estonian national team and FC Flora, for 1.7 million euros.
Church installs altar window illegally
Archbishop of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELK) Urmas Viilmaa sanctified the new stained-glass altar window of Lüganuse church by well-known artist Andrei Lobanov last Sunday. The only problem is that the congregation forgot to notify the heritage protection watchdog of work done on the protected building and could now be looking at sanctions.
10.11.2016, TEET KORSTEN, PõhjarannikPM
Lithuanian railroad's stalling tactics threat to Rail Baltic
Lithuania's national rail company did not sign the common procurements agreement of Rail Baltic partners the latter were scheduled to showcase yesterday, undermining the project's credibility first and foremost in the eyes of primary investor, the European Union.
06.10.2016, Andres ReimerPM
New Estonian National Museum is open
In all some 34,000 cubic meters of reinforced concrete was used in the frame, walls, floor and roof of the new building of the Estonian National Museum that was opened in a ceremony on Thursday evening.
Cornerstone laid for new compound of Tallinn prison
In a ceremony on Tuesday, Estonia laid the cornerstone for the new Tallinn prison that is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2018.
None of the new ferries to be completed on time
Even though state-owned ferries only existed on paper when the procurement contract was signed, it was hoped the ships could be finished on schedule. TS Laevad announced on Wednesday that instead of new ferries we will have replacements come fall.
01.09.2016, Madis VaikmaaPM
Estonian defense co Milrem to expand Tallinn workshop
The Estonian defense industry company AS Milrem is to expand its Tallinn workshop due to different development and cooperation projects, and will soon announce a construction tender.
Arts Academy rector says «somebody stood in the way»
I had a nice contact with Ester Palm, owner of house next door, and after every meeting I felt we found a solution. With other neighbors we settled regarding compensation and Ester Palm was the only exception.
05.08.2016, Signe Kivi, Estonian Academy of Arts rectorPM
Richest parish plans «cheap to keep» school
From among the 17 works sent to compete for design solution of Viimsi Parish State Gymnasium building, «CLT» by Novarc Group AS and KAMP Arhitektid OÜ was yesterday declared the winner.
03.08.2016, Gert SinilooPM
Envelope wages increasingly in among country youngsters
Estonian tax system has lost close to 40,000 young people who do not pay taxes and are therefore not entitled to so-called free healthcare, according to Estonian Institute of Economic Research report published yesterday.
02.06.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Death lurking at summer events
In Estonia, outdoor stage platforms for summer events are erected in the hope that nothing happens. Builders say rules and supervision are totally lacking. A narrow circle of stage makers are fearful that a grander repeat of the Tartu trampoline tragedy is just a matter of time.
26.05.2016, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: rules are not for breaking
Yesterday, Postimees wrote about potential danger posed by new buildings being erected using flawed material. At the moment, we have two schoolhouses, an apartment house, and two office buildings under construction featuring defective blocks.
State regulator suspected in favouring flawed blocks producer
Technical Regulatory Authority responsible to inspect building materials quality is under suspicion of trying to sweep defective products instance under rug as official summonsed to check blocks at Rae Kivitehas plant tried to avoid the testing.
29.04.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Collapse caution: flawed blocks possibly used in brand new buildings
Several buildings under construction or just completed are under suspicion of being dangerous – Technical Regulatory Authority is checking out claims that substandard building blocks have been used in load bearing structures.
28.04.2016, Andres ReimerPM
«Russalka» faces X-ray examination
Road construction soon to begin has heritage conservationists anxious about nearby «Russalka» statue aged over a hundred years possibly being too fragile. To determine the danger level, X-ray will be applied.
18.02.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Fund Ehitus: a quiet yet aggressive builder
Fund Ehitus, publicity shy to the extreme, is owned by seasoned builders hardened by the battles on the market.
10.12.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Estonia emerges as Baltic laggard
Two summers ago as it was already known that Latvia was joining the euro, consultancy EY Estonia head Ivar Kiigemägi predicted this was Estonia's last year with fastest growth in eurozone. He was right.
23.11.2015, Tõnis OjaPM
Banks trusted to prevent office building boom
These past months plans are being announced nearly non-stop about building new big office buildings in central Tallinn. As most of the projects need bank funding, real estate experts think that rather many will remain on paper merely.
05.11.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Working in Finland: homecoming considered with wage rise or when retired
An ethnology Master's student at University of Tartu, Keiu Telve studied perceptions of Estonian men working in Finland regarding the commuting, and its impact on their financial behaviour and relations at home.
15.07.2015, Kristi KarroPM
Ministers of 5 states sign Rail Baltic cooperation record
Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish and Finnish ministers on Monday signed the Rail Baltic cooperation record in Riga, news portal of Estonia's national broadcaster ERR reports.
The calm after the storm: Sochi Olympics engulf Estonian village in Russia
Serene and spacious, the village of Krasnaya Polyana or Punase Lageda*, with over 130 years under its belt, has entered it new Post Sochi Olympics Era: no longer Esto-Sadok or Eesti Aiake*, welcome to a mountainous suburb of Sochi.
22.06.2015, Jelena PoverinaPM
New architectural design competition to be held for building of ministries
The city of Tallinn urban planning authority has decided that a new architectural design competition must be held for the building of four government ministries to be built on the plot of the Ministry of Finance in Tallinn's city center.
American input to make Estonia increasingly NATO
If all goes according to plan, the millions of Estonian defence structure euros will near term be mainly poured into Ämari, Tapa and Tallinn. In lots of locations, it is US Army who does the building.
05.06.2015, Oliver KundPM
Architects demand ministry megabuilding contest
The Union of Estonian Architects (UEA) has protested to Tallinn town-planning department head Anu Hallik-Jürgenstein that a public architectural competition must be held regarding a joint four-ministry building planned in Tallinn.
Bigger money poured into roads, this year
Continuing the trend set in 2014, road construction will basically buzz around the two major cities – on Tallinn Roundabout, Kurna crossing ought to be finalised by end of the year; also, Tartu bypass gets new looks.
29.04.2015, Piret LaksonPM
Costly, but payback promised
As assessed at Helsinki-Tallinn «tunnel studies» this week, an undersea connection is not merely a plan practical and possible but outright vital to save Estonia and Finland from the fate of European periphery.
13.02.2015, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Editorial: the Finnish pipe dream
Remember punk group J.M.K.E. long ago singing about a pipe to Finland? The song said Tallinn would instantly empty out ...
Undersea tunnel effective with Rail Baltic
Preliminary studies show a tunnel between Helsinki and Tallinn would cost €9–13bn to build and pay itself off in 35–40 years.
Drowned in darkness, workers frantically fumbled for exit
Of the eight victims in Auvere power plant accident, most are already recovering from physical injuries but are still in shock over the Tuesday tragedy. Three men with serious respiratory and lung damages are still kept in artificial coma by doctors at Narva hospital.
08.01.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Eight people injured in accident at Auvere power plant construction site
Eight people are reported to have sustained injuries in an accident Tuesday afternoon at the construction site of the Auvere power plant in northeastern Estonia.
Company that contested tender for building Estonian EXPO pavilion drops court dispute
E&G OU that contested in court the public procurement tender for building the Estonian pavilion for EXPO Milano 2015 withdrew its appeal on Tuesday.
Vaida bridge to be torn down?
Road Administration says they have €0.5m out of 2015 budget to reconstruct Vaida viaduct in Harju County. However, building a new bridge may prove cheaper than reconstructing a viaduct built mere six years ago.
12.12.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Tallink Grupp to order LNG powered ship for Tallinn-Helsinki route
The listed Estonian shipper Tallink Grupp and Meyer Turku have signed a letter of intent on the construction of a new passenger ferry using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel for the Tallinn-Helsinki route.
Estonia to build new headquarters for EU's IT agency for EUR 8.4 mln
The government on Thursday approved an agreement under which Estonia will build new headquarters for the European Union's IT agency in Tallinn at a cost of 8.4 million euros.
Words fly like fiery arrows. For hours
Contemporary Art Museum Estonia (EKKM) and other active citizens are far from okay with a detailed plan change robbing the museum of its garden, outbuildings and options to expand.
12.11.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
FinMin forecasts 1.5 pct economic growth for 2014
After a change in the time series of the gross domestic product Estonia's 2014 economic growth could total 1.5 percent, the Ministry of Finance forecasts.
«Red Spider Terminal» looming for Tallinn
As one, conceptual design «Tagasi» (Back Again) was declared by jury as winner of Tallinn Ülemiste Joint Terminal contest as authored by architect bureau 3+1 Arhitektid OÜ composed of Gert Guriev, Markus Kaasik, Riin Kersalu, Kerstin Kivila, Taavi Lõoke, Mihkel Meriste, Andres Ojari, Siim Tiisvelt and Ilmar Valdur.
05.11.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Estonia: Port of Tallinn signs ferry construction contracts
Port of Tallinn has signed contracts on the construction of four new passenger ferries for the routes between mainland Estonia and large western islands, with Polish Remontowa Shipbuilding and Turkish Sefine Shipyard to build two ferries each.
For Rõivas, LNG terminal in Estonia but a blue dream
Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas says Estonia must give up regional LNG terminal in favour of Finland so Finns in return would agree with speedier building of Balticconnector gas pipe connecting the two countries.
31.10.2014, Andres ReimerPM
EconMin finishes analysis of Rail Baltic route alternatives
Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has finished the analysis of Rail Baltic route alternatives and based on the results county governors can make their decisions concerning the favored route in Estonia.
EUR 20 mln 13-story office building to rise in Ulemiste City
The Estonian real estate developer Mainor Ulemiste is set to start the construction of a 13-story office building in the smart business center Ulemiste City near the Tallinn airport.
Road Administration calls builders on carpet
This year, Road Administration took samples of several sections of roads breaking up ere the five years warranty is up. Yesterday, audit results were published – to builders and public alike.
09.10.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Lutherans looking to build a skyscraper
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELK), soon to complete a top exclusive real estate development in Kentmanni St, Tallinn, is reaching ever higher: next in line would be a skyscraper in heart of Tallinn.
03.10.2014, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: somebody stop these Mr Beans from building us roads
Why do these roads of ours become bad (so fast)? Again and again, we the users and the car owners have to pose this question. By media, the ball is passed to scientists, to builders, to the officialdom. The answers vary according to who is saying, and no doubt the reasons are many. A standard reply goes like we’re not so rich as to ensure all-out excellent road repairs. In other words, there ain’t no money and that’s it.
Road Administration buckles up for court action
To find out why new sections of roads start to crumble ere the 5-years warranty us up, Road Administration drilled holes and took samples out of 11 sections where warranty end nears.
26.09.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Rõivas: well let’s get started right away!
Having hiked the Estonia-Russia boundary line, yesterday, with interior minister Hanno Pevkur, Police and Border Guard Board chief Elmar Vaher and other police and border guard officials, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas announced the erecting and completion of border starts this very instant.
24.09.2014, Nils NiitraPM
President Ilves at the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
Ladies and Gentlemen, It is an honour to address this high-level meeting dedicated to the rights of indigenous peoples.
Construction volumes decreased in the 2nd quarter
According to Statistics Estonia, in the 2nd quarter of 2014 compared to the same quarter of the previous year, the total production of Estonian construction enterprises in Estonia and foreign countries decreased 4%. The construction volumes have decreased for three quarters in a row.
European Commission’s LNG terminal decision to come in September
In two weeks’ time, energy directorate of the European Commission is to decide if the EU-supported LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal will be built in Paldiski, Estonia – or, rather, on a location yet to be chosen in Finland.
21.08.2014, Andres ReimerPM
Paldiski oil plant project taken over by Russian capital
Paldiski City proclaims environmental impact assessment regarding a refinery to produce gasoline, diesel fuel and mazut.
11.08.2014, Andres ReimerPM
Entrepreneurs esteem the loyalty of disabled staff
By the current salary system, the disabled aren’t motivated to work, says Mare Enniste, personnel manager in building company Seve – one to hire the deaf.
06.08.2014, Anette ParkseppPM
Tallinn traffic to get tight
Starting next week, all tram traffic will cease in Tallinn. In city centre, the bottlenecks will narrow up.
30.07.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Estonian scientists building a giant microscope
Physicists at University of Tartu are the first in Estonia to officially cooperate with European Spallation Source (ESS).
22.07.2014, Merilyn SädePM
Battle joined to jerk Savisaar
Throughout his term, mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar has been enjoying almost opposition-free rule. Now, however, the three «powerless» parties have joined forces and Stage One to remove Mr Savisaar is on.
12.06.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Construction volumes decreased in the 1st quarter
According to Statistics Estonia, in the 1st quarter of 2014 compared to the same quarter of the previous year, the total production of Estonian construction enterprises in Estonia and foreign countries decreased 3%. In Estonia construction activities decreased 2%, and the construction volumes of Estonian enterprises in foreign countries decreased by nearly a fifth.
Building procurements to get tougher
By toughening up building procurement participation requirements, the state hopes for about eight extra millions in its coffers.
22.04.2014, Liina ValdrePM
Rail Baltic derailed?
Settling fate of Rail Baltic express railway now a matter of weeks.
16.04.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Estonia to own St John’s Church at St Petersburg for half century
Foundation Estonian Concert (Eesti Kontsert) has entered into a contract with the congregation of St John’s Church at St Petersburg, pursuant to which the Estonian state obtains right of disposal of the building, free of charge, for 49 years.
10.04.2014, News.postimees.ee / ERRPM
Rejecting the sewing machine, Estonians embrace computers
In 2004, Estonia joined the European Union. Boosted by EU aid, our economic indicators started to even up with these of wealthy states. Over the ten years, a lot has changed in the Estonian life. What, then, has been the impact on economic structure? As attested by Statistical Office labour force studies: though more and more Estonians move from workbenches to office tables, the major employing sectors of economy remain the same.
27.03.2014, Kadri InselbergPM
Oil plant cost to skyrocket by dozens of millions
Outotec, co-owner of new Enefit280 oil plant technology in Auvere, asks Eesti Energia for €28m for extra construction work.
24.03.2014, Andres ReimerPM
Economic indicators in decline
In January, Estonian exports shrink by fifth, imports down 15 per cent.
12.03.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
Construction volumes stayed on the level of the previous year
According to the preliminary data of Statistics Estonia, in 2013 the total production of Estonian construction enterprises in Estonia and in foreign countries amounted to 2.2 billion euros, which is 0.7% more than in 2012. If only the Estonian construction market is considered, the construction volumes grew 2%.
Elderly engineers find funds falling to wayside
A 1.8 kilometre section of Tallinn Roundabout has guardrails planned which, according to experts, are not just unnecessary but outright dangerous.
18.02.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Tallinn ports front poised to brighten up
Should things go according to plan, Tallinn Old City Harbour, owned by Port of Tallinn, will within a decade turn into an attractive city district for tourist and townsfolk alike. This very year, initial construction work may commence in the area.
09.01.2014, Rivo VeskiPM
State toughens construction supervision in wake of Latvian tragedy
Yesterday, government of Estonia approved Building Act bill prescribing stricter supervision as triggered by the Maxima disaster in Riga, Latvia.
Nordecon to build new dairy farm worth EUR 9 mln for Vaatsa Agro
Nordecon Betoon, subsidiary of the listed Estonian construction company Nordecon, and Vaatsa Agro, a holding of Trigon Dairy Farming, have entered into a contract for services to set up a dairy farm complex in Vaatsa municipality in Central Estonia.
Estonia's Q2 construction volumes unchanged from last year
Total production by Estonian construction enterprises at home and abroad in the second quarter of this year was 0.4 percent bigger than in the same period a year ago, Statistics Estonia said on Thursday.
The growth in construction volumes slowed down in the 1st quarter
According to Statistics Estonia, in the 1st quarter of 2013 compared to the same quarter of the previous year, the total production of Estonian construction enterprises in Estonia and foreign countries grew 2%, of which 6% on domestic market.
Construction volumes increased about a fourth in the previous year
According to the preliminary data of Statistics Estonia, in 2012 the total production of Estonian construction enterprises in Estonia and in foreign countries amounted to 2.1 billion euros, which is 19% more than a year earlier. Construction volumes increased for the second year in a row.