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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Gassco News

Norway Cuts Troll Gas Field Outage Duration

Norway has cut the time its biggest gas field will operate at a reduced capacity by several months after Statoil tested repairs on a faulty compressor, which kept output down during the peak winter months, gas system operator Gassco said. All outages on the Troll field between now and June 1 have been cancelled while the expected outage between June 1 and July 1 will be shorter than predicted, Gassco said in market messages. Norway is western Europe's biggest gas supplier and accounts for a fifth of the European Union's gas needs. The Troll failure kept gas output down during the winter months, pushing gas prices higher. The field's output was seen down by up to 40 million cubic metres per day through June 1…

Gassco Examines Feasibility of CO2 Shipping

Vessels like Gijon Knutsen might be used for CO2 transport. (Picture: Knutsen OAS)

Gassco has commissioned Knutsen OAS Shipping and Larvik Shipping to study transport of CO2 by ship in connection with the Norwegian government’s full-scale project for managing this greenhouse gas. In cooperation with Gassnova, Gassco has earlier studied CO2 handling chains. “The transport study will help to ensure that the government’s ambition of realising at least one full-scale CO2 facility by 2020 can be met,” says Gassco CEO Frode Leversund. The CO2 chain is being addressed by industrial players.

Maintenance Cuts Norway's Offshore Gas Output

Norway's gas output will be cut by 24 million cubic metres (mcm) per day due to maintenance at an offshore field on April 11-13, gas system operator Gassco said on Monday.   The maintenance was needed due to preparation for a new well, the message said.   (Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis, editing by Gwladys Fouche)

Statoil Moving Forward on Luva Field

Illustration: SPAR platform

Luva may herald start of deep-water development in Norwegian Sea. Statoil, together with its Luva field partners, has selected a Spar platform to develop the field. As a gas transport solution has also been decided, a major step has now been taken towards deep-water production in the Norwegian Sea. The Luva field, which is a deep-water pioneer in the Norwegian Sea, may be the first to have a Spar platform on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). The field is located outside of existing infrastructure and has a water depth of 1300 metres.

Statoil Employs Natural Gas Tugs

Statoil to Use Vessels Running on Natural Gas for Eco-Friendly Operations. Statoil has awarded Buksér og Berging a contract for two escort tugboats to service the Kårstø processing plant on behalf of operator Gassco. The deal secures Kårstø new tugboat capacity with innovative technology for more environment-friendly operations. The two escort tugboats will assist the ships calling at Kårstø. Fitted with the latest technology available, both tugboats will run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), thereby ensuring more environmentally friendly operation. "These are likely to be the first tugboats in the world to run purely on natural gas. Equipped with first-class oil protection equipment…

Technip Secures new subsea deal from trio

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Technip was awarded a new framework agreement by Statoil, Exxon Mobil and Gassco for diving, subsea intervention and repair contingency services. Under the terms of this framework agreement, a replacement of an existing frame agreement held for eight years, Technip will provide these services for the next four years. This contract, effective from December 1st 2014, also includes an option for additional periods up to seven years. - The services comprise diving and remote operations using the Group’s dedicated diving support vessels (DSVs) and/or construction vessels.

DeepOcean AS: LOI for Rig Demolition

DeepOcean AS, a subsidiary of DeepOcean Group Holding AS, DeepOcean has been awarded a Letter of Intent (LOI) by AF Group in connection with their demolition and recycling contract for the H7 riser platform cessation project for Statoil, on behalf of Gassco as operator for Gassled. The platform is located at the German continental shelf of the North Sea, and has been a part of the pipeline which exports gas to Europe. The work covers planning, engineering and execution of subsea removal work on the jacket substructure as well as preparatory inspections and seabed intervention work offshore.

Statoil: Polarled Pipe-Laying Kicks Off

The Polarled pipe-laying operation is scheduled  to be completed by the end of August. (Photo: Lillian Aasheim/Shell)

On 26 March, the Solitaire pipe-laying vessel started on the first stage of the Polarled installation project. The 482-kilometre long pipeline will transport gas from the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea to Nyhamna in western Norway. Statoil is operator during the development of the Polarled project and therefore responsible for laying the pipeline between Aasta Hansteen and Nyhamna. As operator for the gas plant, Shell is responsible for preparing the Nyhamna processing plant for gas reception. “I am pleased to note that the pipeline is now connected to the Nyhamna processing plant.

Rolls-Royce Delivering First Gas Power System for Tugs

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has signed a contract to deliver highly efficient engines and propulsion systems for the world’s first Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) powered tugs. The two vessels have been ordered by Norwegian company Buksér og Berging AS and will enter service in late 2013 for Statoil, the international energy company, and Gassco, the operator of the gas transportation network off the Norwegian coast. Robert Løseth, Rolls-Royce, Senior VP - Merchant…

Borgøy: the World’s first LNG-Fueled Tug

Late last year, an innovative project to design and build the world’s first LNG fuelled escort tugs became a reality when the Borgøy was handed over for sea trials by builder Sanmar in Tulza Bay near Istanbul. For the Christening at the Sanmar Shipyard in Tuzla, representatives from the Turkish shipyard were joined by executives from Norwegian tug operator Buksér og Berging AS and from Rolls-Royce. Neil Gilliver, Rolls-Royce, President – Merchant, believes that delivery of the Borgøy and Bokn…

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