Norwegian gas deliveries to Europe are the highest ever. A total of 108 billion standard cubic metres (scm) of gas is transported within Gassco’s operatorship from the NCS to terminals in Germany, Belgium, France and the UK. That represents an increase of no less than seven million scm from 2014.
Gassco aims to operate the integrated transport system for Norwegian gas so that customers in Europe enjoy secure and reliable deliveries. An average regularity of 99.38 per cent is achieved for 2015, compared with 99.92 the year before.
A new record for daily gas production from the NCS is set on 22 November, at no less than 365.3 million scm.
Operator for new pipeline
Gassco takes over the operatorship of the 177-kilometre pipeline which will transport rich gas from the Valemon field.
This 22-inch Valemon rich gas pipeline ties into the existing Huldra pipeline to the Heimdal field in the North Sea. Its technical capacity is 13 million standard cubic metres per day.
Valemon is a gas and condensate field located about 10 kilometres west of Kvitebjørn in the northern part of Norway’s North Sea sector.
Storting approves Polarled
A plan for installation and operation of Polarled is approved by the Storting in June. This gas pipeline will link the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea to the Nyhamna process plant in western Norway.
Polarled represents an expansion of the existing transport system and will facilitate the phasing-in of resources from existing and future discoveries in the Norwegian Sea.
Gassco was responsible for Polarled up to the choice of concept on 21 December 2011, when Statoil took over management of the project on behalf of the partners in the facility up to an investment decision.
In addition, Gassco has led the commercial process between the Polarled partners and the owners of associated facilities as well as activities related to readying for operator.
Facts about Polarled
Starts from Aasta Hansteen in 1 300 metres of water, 300 kilometres west of Bodø in northern Norway.
Runs for 480 kilometres to the Nyhamna process plant in Møre og Romsdal county.
Diameter of 36 inches and a capacity of up to 70 million standard cubic metres per day (scm/d).
New gas terminal for Emden
The Gassled partnership approves Gassco’s recommendation to build a new receiving terminal for Norwegian gas at Emden in Germany.
This facility will replace the existing Norsea Gas Terminal (NGT), which became operational in 1977 in connection with the development of the Ekofisk field and receives a substantial share of Norway’s gas deliveries to Germany via the Norpipe pipeline.
With construction work starting during the year, the new terminal will stand on an unused part of the existing site and is due to be completed in 2016. Estimated investment in the project is in the order of NOK 5 billion.
While not increasing export capacity, the new Emden facility will help to safeguard deliveries of Norwegian gas to Germany in a long-term perspective.
Take over operation of the Easington receiving terminal
Gassco take over the day-to-day operation of the receiving terminal in Easington on the English east coast, the southern leg for the Langeled pipeline.
The way ahead
Gassco took over the operatorship in June of the pipeline for rich gas from the Gjøa and Vega fields, which ties directly into Britain’s Flags transport system. Facts about Gjøa.
More gas than ever is being delivered to Europe through the integrated transport system for Norwegian gas. Upgrading will be needed to maintain secure and stable deliveries, including a modernisation of the Zeebrugge receiving terminal. The initiative has also been taken on a project which involves building a new receiving terminal for Norwegian gas in Emden.
The Jimmy 007 pig carried a letter through Langeled from the mayor of Aukra in Norway to their opposite number at Easington on the English east coast. Gassco and Shell thereby celebrated the first internal inspection of the export pipeline for gas from Ormen Lange.
The Skanled project exploring opportunities for a new gas pipeline to eastern Norway and on to Sweden and Denmark was shelved because of the financial risk involved.
Langeled subsea post - watch video.
Gassco’s responsibility was expanded by the takeover of the operatorships for the gas export line linking the Kvitebjørn and Visund fields in the North Sea to the Kollsnes processing plant.
The MPE resolved to extend and widen the mandate related to carbon transport. Gassco was now to prepare solutions for piping carbon dioxide captured form the Kårstø and Mongstad plants and, in collaboration with Gassnova and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, lay the basis for an investment decision on carbon transport and storage.
Facts about Kvitebjørn gas transport.
The company’s operator responsibilities expanded, and it took over day-to-day operation of four receiving terminals for Norwegian gas in Germany, Belgium and France. That increased its workforce by 100 people in continental Europe.
Upgrading of the Kårstø processing plant was planned and initiated.
Five years and new records
Deliveries of Norwegian gas had never been higher when Gassco celebrated its fifth anniversary. For the first time, more than 300 million cubic metres were produced and delivered in a single day. This record was the equivalent of 10 times Norway’s hydropower output. With the takeover of the operatorship for Langeled, and with the southern leg of this system in operation, Gassco was ready to set new delivery records.
Work on carbon value chains continued, with Gassco, Gassnova and Petoro identifying 11 of these for submission to the MPE.
With European demand for gas steadily growing, Gassco secured new assignments from the MPE to ensure stable Norwegian deliveries of this commodity. One job, later known as the Skanled project, involved developing business plans for establishing gas pipelines to the Grenland region of south-east Norway and Skogn/Trondheim in the middle of the country.
Gassco was also asked to head work on developing a value chain for carbon capture, transport and injection below ground.
Operator assignments and coordination
2003 and 2004
In its second operating year, Gassco took over the operatorship of Norpipe, the gas pipeline from Ekofisk to the Emden receiving terminal. This also saw the launch of internet-based systems to serve as marketplaces to buy and sell transport capacity, and Gassco led the work of establishing the joint venture for Langeled, the world’s longest underwater pipeline. More about Norpipe.
During the company’s first operating year, transport system owners were required to open their facilities to third parties as a consequence of the EU gas market directive. Sales of Norwegian gas became company-based. The Gassled joint venture was established, and is now the formal owner of the bulk of Norway’s gas infrastructure.
Gassled is a joint venture between oil and gas companies on the Norwegian continental shelf.