Record summer for Norwegian gas

Record summer for Norwegian gas

Exports to Germany via the Emden terminal made a strong contribution to this summer’s record deliveries. The new facility became operational in 2016.

Norway has hit a new peak for summer deliveries of natural gas to Europe, and will soon be opening its new Polarled pipeline to carry more of this commodity from the Norwegian Sea.


Gassco, which runs the Norwegian gas infrastructure, exported 36.8 billion cubic metres (scm) in May-August – a small rise from the same period of 2017, which was a record year for gas exports.  

“The basis for these high deliveries is naturally European and British demand for Norwegian gas as a secure and reliable energy source,” says Gassco CEO Frode Leversund.

 “Not only has Norway’s continental shelf delivered larger volumes than before, but the transport system has also handled these increased quantities well.”  

More gas is usually exported in the winter months, when demand for space heating increases, but this summer’s sales have almost matched a normal winter level.  

Gassco transported 117.4 billion scm through the pipeline systems from Norway to continental Europe and the UK during 2017. This was clearly the highest volume sold in 40 years of Norwegian gas exports, and nine times Norway’s annual hydropower output.

“It’s too early to say exactly where we’ll end up this year, but we expect another good performance which will be roughly on a par with the 2017 record,” says Leversund.

New gas province Gassco expects to receive the first gas through the new Polarled pipeline later this year. Running from the Aasta Hansteen field to the Nyhamna processing plant on the west coast, this facility will open a new gas region in the Norwegian Sea.

 “Polarled gives us a complete gas motorway from the Norwegian Sea to Europe,” says Leversund. “As operator of both Polarled and Nyhamna, we expect great interest in this region from a number of players. Our strong summer deliveries strengthen that belief.”

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

Polarled in brief  

- 482-kilometre gas pipeline running from the Nyhamna gas processing plant near Molde on Norway’s west coast to the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea. It is 36 inches in diameter.
- The first gas pipeline on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) to cross the Arctic Circle. 
- Owned by the Polarled Joint Venture, with Gassco as operator.

Gassco in brief

- A state-owned company responsible for safe and efficient transport of gas from the NCS to continental Europe and the UK.
- Responsible for operating and developing the gas infrastructure on behalf of the gas owners on the NCS.
- Gassco operates the world’s largest underwater gas transport system.
- Three large industrial plants in western Norway – Kårstø north of Stavanger, Kollsnes near Bergen, and Nyhamna – are crucial in meeting European and British demand for Norwegian gas. The transport system also includes 8 800 kilometres of gas pipelines as well as terminals in Belgium, France, Germany and the UK.
- A well-functioning and steadily expanding transport system has been crucial for Norway’s position as one of the world’s largest exporters of natural gas.

For more information, contact Communication Manager Lisbet Kallevik, +47 99254682