Clear record set for Norwegian gas exports

Clear record set for Norwegian gas exports

Kollsnes gas processing plant increased from 41.8 bcm to 47.1 bcm gas from 2016 to 2017

Forty years after Norway’s natural gas adventure began, its deliveries of this commodity to European and British buyers in 2017 solidly outstripped previous annual levels.

Gassco transported 117.4 billion standard cubic metres (scm) of gas last year through the pipeline system from the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) to continental Europe and the UK.

That represented an increase of eight per cent from 2016, and set a clear record in volume terms for the four decades since Norwegian gas exports began.

- This performance demonstrates the key role played in European energy supply by Norway’s gas exports, says Gassco CEO Frode Leversund.

 - These currently cover about a quarter of Europe’s gas consumption and will remain a secure energy source for consumers there in the years to come.

Gassco is the operator for the Norwegian gas transport infrastructure, which includes pipelines, process plants in Norway, and terminals in Germany, Belgium, France and the UK.

- We’re proud of running this system with the highest possible regularity, and thereby ensuring secure and reliable deliveries to Europe, says Leversund.

- We have an efficient and well trained organisation, which is committed to delivering in accordance with the expectations people have of us.

An average regularity of 99.48 per cent was achieved through the joint venture Gassled in 2017.

Increased NGLs

Deliveries of natural gas liquids (NGL) and condensate from the process plants at Kårstø and Kollsnes in western Norway amounted to 10.2 million tonnes in 2017, up from 10 million in 2016.

Opening exhibition

Leversund is due to open the Nerves of Steel exhibition at the Norwegian Petroleum Museum in Stavanger today, 9 January.

This presentation provides an insight into the history of the Norwegian gas infrastructure, which supplies continental Europe and the UK through 8 800 kilometres of pipelines. The largest of these has a diameter of 1.2 metres.

The display allows visitors to the museum to follow the gas flow through each of the pipelines and to test their knowledge in an interactive quiz.