The owner company of Eesti Gaas opened a new headquarters and moved the subsidiaries together
Infortar, the investment company that owns Eesti Gaas, moved its subsidiaries to a new office building completed in the busy Liivalaia Street, Tallinn.
“Infortar has grown into one of the largest companies in Estonia, a large organization also requires proper infrastructure and modern working conditions. Our group includes more than a hundred subsidiaries and affiliates, not all of them can fit in the new building,” said Martti Talgre, CEO of Infortar.
“Next to energy and shipping, real estate is the third important area for us – the Liivalia office building is a development and construction project of our own group, we have grown to become one of the largest real estate owners in Estonia in terms of assets,” said Talgre.
Subsidiaries and affiliated companies of the Infortar group, including the builder of the building, INF Ehitus, will move to the office building located at Liivalaia 9. The head office of Eesti Gaas, the largest privately owned energy company in the region, takes up four floors of the new building. Eesti Gaas was located at the same address for several decades before the depreciated building was demolished and a new one was built.
“For the past four and a half years, Eesti Gaas has been located on Sadama Street, close to its original roots, because Tallinn’s first gas factory was built there in 1864, next to today’s Tallinn City Hall. However, the more recent history of the company and the memory of many employees are connected to Liivalaia street, so moving back here is pleasant and feels like home,” said Margus Kaasik, Chairman of the Management Board of Eesti Gaas.
The closed gross area of the nine-story office building designed by Allianss Arhitektid is 7,500m2. The facade of the building, equipped with energy-efficient and modern indoor climate systems, is covered with anodized aluminum and perforated aluminum lamellas that provide additional sun protection. The metal sculpture “Fractal” created by Heigo Jelle is located in the lobby opening towards Liivalaia street, which is illuminated at night by Alyona Movko-Mägi’s video mapping. The mural in Eesti Gaas’s reception area was created by Kärt Einasto.
Infortar operates in five countries, the company’s main fields of activity are energy, shipping and real estate. Infortar owns a nearly 42 percent stake in AS Tallink Grupp, a 100% stake in AS Eesti Gaas and a versatile and modern real estate portfolio of over 100,000 m2. In addition to the three main fields of activity, Infortar also operates in engineering construction and mineral resources, printing, taxiing and other fields. A total of 104 companies belong to the Infortar group: 48 group companies, 5 affiliated companies and 50 affiliated companies’ subsidiaries. Infortar employs 1,333 people.
The construction companies INF Ehitus, INF Infra and EG Ehitus belonging to Infortar have built several complex infrastructure objects, including the Balticconnector connecting Estonia and Finland and three biogas plants. Currently, INF Infra is building one of the largest infrastructure objects in Estonia – the new arch bridge in the center of Pärnu. In general construction, the company has several projects under construction, the largest of which is Rimi’s new logistics center Sauel. Infortar’s real estate and construction companies are grouped under the iNF brand.
Operating in five markets – Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland – Eesti Gaas grew last year to become the largest energy company with private capital in Finland and the Baltic region. Eesti Gaas offers its customers natural gas in the form of pipeline gas, compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) and manages the largest gas network in Estonia and Latvia. The company is actively engaged in international energy trade and develops a renewable energy portfolio in the form of solar energy and biomethane production and sales. In foreign markets, Eesti Gaas is called Elenger.