Vesterled successfully rerouted

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June 29th 2005

The Vesterled gas pipeline from the Norwegian continental shelf to Britain will be back in operation with full available capacity from 06.00 Central European Time on 4 July.
This follows the successful completion of work to lay a 1.7-kilometre bypass which reroutes the Gassco-operated pipeline around the MCP-01 platform in the UK sector of the North Sea.

With a daily capacity of 36 million standard cubic metres, Vesterled runs for 350 kilometres from Norway’s Heimdal field to the receiving terminal at St Fergus in Scotland.

The 32-inch line had to be rerouted following the closure of the Frigg field and the MCP-01 platform.

”An operation like this is demanding because it involves coordinating a number of players in both British and Norwegian sectors,” says Karsten Harneshaug, Gassco’s project manager.

”Detailed planning and focused execution at all levels have allowed us to complete the work on schedule and to budget.”

Vesterled was shut down for gas deliveries on 30 May, and pressure restoration in the pipeline began on 29 June with gas from Heimdal.

As technical service provider for Vesterled on behalf of Gassco, Total has been responsible for technical execution of the project.


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