Nyhamna strengthens Norway’s position as gas exporter

Nyhamna strengthens Norway’s position as gas exporter

Area vice president in Shell Odin Estensen and CEO in Gassco Frode Leversund at Nyhamna processing plant. (Foto: Jan Haukaas/Shell).

Gassco has taken over on 1 October as operator for the gas processing plant at Nyhamna in Aukra local authority on Norway’s west coast.

This facility was originally built to handle onshore processing and export of gas from the Ormen Lange field in the Norwegian Sea. After a substantial upgrading, it can now also handle gas from Aasta Hansteen in the Norwegian Sea as well as other future fields which may be tied into the Polarled pipeline.

By virtue of its role as the neutral operator responsible for operation of and infrastructure in Norway’s gas transport systems, Gassco is now running Nyhamna and its further development.

“This plant fits well with our portfolio and, with the Polarled pipeline, increases gas export capacity from the Norwegian Sea,” says Gassco CEO Frode Leversund.

“The Nyhamna expansion project has helped to boost its processing capacity and permits better utilisation of the surplus capacity established earlier in the Langeled pipeline to the UK.

“That provides flexibility and opportunities which in turn create renewed interest in the Norwegian Sea as a gas province. Our goal is to fill the Polarled-Nyhamna-Langeled axis with gas.”

Running for 482 kilometres from Aasta Hansteen to Nyhamna, Polarled will also allow the processing plant to receive gas from additional fields.

Opened in 2007, Nyhamna was dedicated to gas from Ormen Lange. With Aasta Hansteen as its second field, it now has an export capacity of 84 million standard cubic metres per day.

“This electrically driven facility allows gas from the axis to be brought to market with very low CO2 emissions per unit of gas delivered,” says Leversund. “That’s positive for both customers and the environment.”

Ownership of the Nyhamna plant has been transferred on 1 October from the Ormen Lange licence to the new Nyhamna JV partnership. This comprises Statoil, Petoro, Shell, Dong, Wintershall, OMV, ExxonMobil, Total, ConocoPhillips, CapeOmega, Edison and DEA.

”We’ve prepared well for this change,” says area vice president Odin Estensen in Shell. ”Gassco is taking over the commitments related to operation and further development.

”Meanwhile, we’ll remain the technical service provider (TSP) for Nyhamna, along the same lines as Statoil at the Kårstø and Kollsnes plants.

”Our employees will continue to do the same challenging job at Nyhamna as before, and we will remain operator for the Ormen Lange field itself.”


Gassco's flag was hoisted at Nyhamna Saturday at midnight. (Photo: Svein Roger Ivarsen).