On Sept. 28, the final pipe in the 482.4-kilometer-long Polarled Pipeline was laid at the Aasta Hansteen field at a depth of 1,260 meters in the Norwegian Sea, according to Statoil.
Polarled is the first pipeline on the Norwegian Continental Shelf that crosses the Arctic Circle and opens up a brand new highway for gas from the Norwegian Sea to Europe.
The pipeline, which has a diameter of 36 in., extends from Nyhamna in Møre og Romsdal to the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea and was laid by the pipelaying vessel Solitaire from Allseas.
The pipelaying work began in March, and the pipeline consists of more than 40,000 pipes, each of which is 12 meters in length. Polarled is the deepest pipeline on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. At the Aasta Hansteen field, the pipeline reaches a depth of 1,260 meters.
Statoil says that this is the first time a pipe that is 36 in. in diameter has been laid at such a depth. The pipeline’s capacity will be up to 70 million standard cubic meters of gas per day.