Langeled operatorship taken over

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Eyl 1, 2006

Gassco takes over the operatorship of the Langeled gas pipeline on 1 September, which also means that it becomes operator of the new receiving terminal for Norwegian gas at Easington in the UK.
This change in operating responsibility for pipeline and terminal coincides with the incorporation of these facilities in the Gassled joint venture.

That in turn follows an agreement between the Langeled owners and Gassled on such a transfer.
Gassled was established on 1 January 2003 and owns most of the infrastructure for gas transportation from the Norwegian continental shelf.

After the incorporation of Langeled, partners in the joint venture will be Petoro, Statoil, Norsk Hydro, Total, ExxonMobil, Shell, ConocoPhillips, Eni, Dong and Norsea Gas.

Deliveries of Norwegian gas through Langeled to the UK market will begin in late September/early October. Work on the pipeline will be completed by the Hydro and Statoil project teams with Gassco as operator.

The northern leg of Langeled is due to become operational in 2007 to coincide with the start of gas deliveries from the Ormen Lange field in the Norwegian Sea.

Gassco has appointed Statoil as its technical service provider for Langeled, while Britain’s Centrica will be responsible for day-to-day operation of the Easington terminal.

Up to 20 per cent of UK gas requirements will be met in coming years by Norwegian deliveries via the Langeled system.

Norway ranks today as the world’s third largest gas exporter. Bringing Ormen Lange on stream will make it the second biggest after Russia.

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