Polarled pipelay nears completion point at Aasta Hansteen

Offshore staff

STAVANGER, Norway – Installation of the Polarled gas pipeline has entered the Arctic Circle, according to operator Statoil.

Allseas’ Solitaire is laying the 482-km (300-mi), 36-in. pipeline between Nyhamna in western Norway and the site of the Aasta Hansteen field development in the Norwegian Sea.

At the start of the campaign in March the pipeline was pulled in to Nyhamna. Next month the vessel should arrive at the field location in 1,260 m (4,134 ft) water depth, weather permitting.

“We are progressing well at the moment, conditions have been good for more than 50 days in a row, and at the end of July we set a record of laying 4.8 km [2.99 mi] of pipes in one day,” said Kenneth Aksel Kristensen, a Statoil representative on board the vessel.

At start-up, all gas through the line will come from Aasta Hansteen, but the 36-in. diameter leaves capacity for future supplies from other fields.

“We have therefore installed six connection points,” said Håkon Ivarjord, Statoil’s project venture manager for Polarled. “Polarled will open up for gas export to Europe from a completely new gas province, and with the infrastructure in place it will also be more attractive to explore the surrounding area.”



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