Royal opening of Ormen Lange

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Norwegian King Harald’s inauguration of the Ormen Lange field today, Saturday 6 October, marks the start of major gas deliveries to Europe, and the completion of a project that advertises Norwegian offshore expertise and collaboration at its best.

The development has been demanding, and many have contributed to the project’s successful completion. As operator and planning and development coordinator, the Ormen Lange project organisation has worked closely with the supplier industry, field partners and the authorities.

Local and regional interests in Møre and Romsdal county, mid-Norway, have provided good support to the development, and contributed to the project being a success.

Big day for Norway

“This is a big day for StatoilHydro and the Norwegian offshore industry,” says StatoilHydro’s chief executive Helge Lund.

“I am proud to show the results of a development project that has gathered some of the best of Norwegian industrial and offshore expertise.”

Gas production from Ormen Lange commenced on 13 September this year. StatoilHydro will be operator up until 30 November 2007. Shell will then take over production operatorship.

Solid Norwegian contributions

Demanding conditions far offshore have made it necessary to utilise new, groundbreaking technology to produce gas.

“Many Norwegian companies have contributed to the work and Ormen Lange is a prominent demonstration that it is possible to collaborate on the delivery of demanding gas projects,” says Mr Lund.

“The Norwegian offshore industry has passed the test and that can lead to spin-off effects in international competition.”

He believes that the Ormen Lange development can make an important contribution to other future oil and gas developments.

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