Statoil Criticizes British Gas Plan

Wednesday, August 15, 2001
Statoil said Britain risks losing out on gas imports if it does not change its pricing system for bringing natural gas onto the mainland from offshore fields. Rune Bjornson, managing director of Statoil (UK) Limited, said the recently introduced system of auctioning entry capacity, or access rights to the national pipeline system, produced very high, volatile prices. "We are not happy with the regime. We would like to have a predictable, stable regime which is more reflective of actual costs," Bjornson told Reuters in an interview. The erratic prices produced by the auction system will discourage producers like Statoil, one of Europe's main gas suppliers, from supplying gas into Britain where demand for natural gas is booming, he said. Britain is a gas exporter but in around 2004/2005 it is expected to become a net importer as demand is expected to continue growing while domestic supplies will start to dwindle. The government, worried by security of energy supplies, recently launched a review to take a root-and-branch look at the energy sector, including the role of the gas industry. Bjornson said Statoil would open its Vesterled pipeline in October linking Norway's main North Sea gas fields with the UK gas network but was unlikely to export large volumes of gas through the pipe until the capacity auction system is changed. "Volumes though Vesterled are not likely to grow before the entry capacity situation has found a more satisfactory solution," he said. The 50-kilometre (31-mile) Vesterled pipeline could flow between 10 and 12 billion cubic metres a year of gas, depending on the pipe pressure and gas quality. Bjornson said Statoil had held talks with the government, UK energy regulator Ofgem and national pipeline operator Transco
Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Tanker Trends

Libya Reaches Deal to Reopen Brega Oil Port

Libya state oil company National Oil Corp (NOC) has reached a deal with security guards to end a protest at eastern Brega oil port, which is expected to allow the terminal to reopen on Tuesday,

Tankship Market & Return of Contango: Analysis

This week, the Brent price curve moved into contango on what was reported to be short-term physical oversupply. In their latest 'Tanker Opinion', Poten & Partners

Bug-O Sees Increased Demand for Zipper Welder

The zipper welder has been in the Bug-O repertoire for quite some time, but the company said it has recently seen a larger demand for it due to increased tank production worldwide.

Energy

Mitsubishi to Build Diesel Oil Import Terminal in Australia

Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp said it is entering Australia's diesel market by building a $103 million gas oil import terminal to tap growing demand and

NJ Congressmen Supports Offshore Wind Proposal

Congressman Frank Pallone has issued the following statement in response to the Department of the Interior’s announcement of the proposed lease sale for nearly 344,

Wärtsilä's JV with CSSC to Expands Engines Range

Wärtsilä and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture for manufacturing medium and large bore medium speed diesel and dual-fuel engines.

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1067 sec (9 req/sec)