Zeepipe export capacity boosted

abarrelfullabarrelfull wrote on 21 Jun 2012 11:37

April 13th 2004

The Gassled partnership has accepted a recommendation from operator Gassco to expand capacity in the Zeepipe IIB and IIA pipelines in order to meet growing demand for Norwegian gas.

These two systems carry gas from the Kollsnes processing plant near Bergen to the Draupner E and Sleipner riser platforms respectively.

From there, the gas continues through other pipelines to Belgium, France, Germany and the UK.

Capacity in Zeepipe IIB is to be increased from 59.5 million scm per day to 71 million, with a recommendation that this increase be completed to accept orders from 1 October 2005.

The expansion for Zeepipe IIA will be from 55.4 million scm per day to 72 million, and is due to be completed for the 2006 contract year.

Boosting capacity in these two pipelines will cost about NOK 130 million, and involve modifications to the Kollsnes plant as well as to Draupner E and Sleipner Riser.

”Upgrading Zeepipe IIB and IIA is a cost-effective solution required to meet existing transport commitments,” says Thor Otto Lohne, Gassco’s vice president.

“At the same time, the expansion will facilitate increased gas export.”

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