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

Nyhamna strengthens Norway’s position as gas exporter

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.

Running for 482 km 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 m³ per day.

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.

(Source: Gassco)

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