Infrastructure development

Planning the development of new infrastructure is one of Gassco’s main roles and responsibilities.

Gassco is responsible for initiating and coordinating development processes for the gas pipeline network and related facilities (process plants and receiving terminals). It makes its own assessments and recommendations for infrastructure development. This also includes transport by ship.

While it does not own the infrastructure, Gassco is required to present recommendations and investment proposals based on an overallassessment of development needs and resource management.

Getting these approved will depend on the willingness to invest displayed by owner companies and resource owners engaged on the Norwegian continental shelf at any given time.

Gassco’s architectural role implies that it coordinates and develops plans for future newcapacity on the basis of the annual transport plan. For questions related to the transport plan, please contact us via email address transportplan@gassco.no

In addition, it carries out feasibility studies and conceptual design for improvements to and expansion of the upstream pipeline networks.

Together with the industry, Gassco has created a work process for developing the annual transport plan to ensure that all relevant information needed for continuous improvement of the gas transport network is collected, and that all participants involved in this process act in accordance with agreed procedures.

The work process for infrastructure development is also designed to ensure that the upstream pipelinenetworks are developed in line with established procedures.

This aims to ensure efficient utilisation of existing infrastructure and to recommend necessary capacity expansions on the basis of the annual transport plan.

The work process is intended to secure efficient and commercial infrastructure development, and ensure neutrality and confidentiality in all phases of such activities.

It also provides independent assessments and secures the necessary involvement of relevant stakeholders, including infrastructure owners, gas shippers, field operators, government agencies and other affected parties.