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Start signal for Polarled pipelineThe development of the Aasta Hansteen natural gas and condensate field in the Norwegian Sea is being further strengthened

The development of the Aasta Hansteen natural gas and condensate field in the Norwegian Sea is being further strengthened: the resource base for Aasta Hansteen has just recently been increased by around 15 percent in the middle of March – now the first pipes for the Polarled pipeline are being laid. The 480-kilometre-long pipeline is set to transport gas from the Aasta Hansteen field to the Nyhamna gas processing facility in western Norway. Wintershall has shareholdings in both Aasta Hansteen (24%) and Polarled (13.2%).

Not only Aasta Hansteen but also neighbouring licences such as Asterix, in which Wintershall also holds interests, offer major potential in terms of natural resources. However, there is virtually no infrastructure available in this part of the Norwegian Sea in order to transport the gas to the mainland. 

This is where the Polarled project comes into play, which is making considerable progress with the installation of the first pipes. With a maximum water depth of 1,265 metres, this is the first time ever that a gas pipeline measuring 36 inches in diameter is being laid in such deep water. According to Statoil, the operator of the Polarled project, the installation of the pipeline is scheduled to be completed by the end of August. The pipeline is designed to transport up to 70 million cubic metres of gas per day. 

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