Large gas platform being shipped off Arctic Norway shores

The Aasta Hansteen gas platform in Stord, Norway, in March 2018. (Nerijus Adomaitis/Reuters)
The world’s biggest floating installation of its kind is being tugged to the Aasta Hansteen field.

It will be Norway’s second natural gas field in operation north of the Arctic Circle. The Aasta Hansteen is located about 300 km off the north Norwegian coast. Water depth in the area are down to 1,300 meters and weather conditions harsh.

Until now, this part of the Norwegian Sea has had little infrastructure.  When in operation, presumably later this year, the 42,000 tons installation will rule the waters of the Norwegian Sea.

First platform of its kind

The Aasta Hansteen platform is built in South Korea and based on a Spar FSPO, a a floating installation consisting of a vertical cylindrical hull moored to the seabed.

The platform is the first of its kind on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and the largest in the world.  It will be connected with the 482 km long Polarled natural gas pipeline, which enables the project partners to easily export the gas to European buyers.

The Polarled was completed in 2015 and has a capacity to handle up to 70 million standard cubic metres per day. It will be able to handle all the natural gas produced at the Aasta Hansteen, as well as several surrounding fields. The Aasta Hansteen holds about 51 billion cubic meters of gas.

The Aasta Hansteen is developed by a partnership of Statoil (51%), Wintershall (24%), OMV (15%) and ConocoPhillips (10%).

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Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer

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