Four decades of high and reliable gas deliveries

Four decades of high and reliable gas deliveries

In 2016 a new receiving terminal for Norwegian gas was opened in Emden. More than 40 % of the Norwegian gas export is delivered to Germany.

Norway’s gas era can celebrate its 40th anniversary today. The opening of the Norpipe pipeline on 8 September 1977 marked the start of Norwegian gas deliveries to European consumers.

The event was celebrated in appropriate fashion by operator Gassco’s energy seminar at Emden in Germany yesterday evening, which included a look back at historical highlights. Other topics covered in the programme were the outlook for the Norwegian continental shelf, the green shift and security of supply.

Those present included representatives from the Norwegian and German governments, industry and academia.

“Norway has played an important role over 40 years in securing energy for Europe, and Norwegian gas will remain a key component in the European energy mix,” says Gassco CEO Frode Leversund.

“It all started with gas from the Ekofisk field, but supplies have increased substantially in line with new discoveries and Europe’s growing demand for reliable energy.

“Progress has been rapid since 1977, from Norpipe’s 440 kilometres to today’s flexible and efficient pipeline system of no less than 8 829 kilometres. Norway now meets some 25 per cent of EU gas demand.”

From left: Tudor Constantinescu, principal advisor in the Directorate General for Energy, EU commission, and and Frode Leversund, CEO in Gassco.

Pictures fra Gassco Energy Summit.


Gassco is operator for the Norwegian gas infrastructure, which covers 8 800 kilometres and includes process plants in Norway and terminals in Germany, Belgium, France and the UK.

Norpipe became operational on 8 September 1977. This 440-kilometre gas pipeline has a diameter of 36 inches and runs from the Ekofisk field in the Norwegian North Sea to Gassco’s terminal at Emden in Germany. Statpipe was tied into it in 1985.

Forty per cent of Norway’s gas exports go to Germany through the Europipe I, Europipe II and Norpipe pipelines. At roughly 45 billion standard cubic metres per annum, these deliveries are stable and high.

A new terminal for Norwegian gas was officially opened in Emden on 24 May 2016. This facility replaces the Norsea Gas Terminal, which became operational in 1977 as part of the Ekofisk development. The Emden terminal receives a substantial part of Norway’s gas deliveries to Germany via the Norpipe pipeline.

A new record for Norwegian gas exports to Europe was set in 2016. Within Gassco’s operatorship, 108.5 billion standard cubic metres of gas were sold from the Norwegian continental shelf to Germany, Belgium, France and the UK.

The Norwegian continental shelf has yielded a total of 2 270 billion standard cubic metres of gas since September 1977.

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