Statoil has commenced laying of a pipeline which will eventually take gas from the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea.
The Solitaire pipe-laying vessel started on the first stage of the Polarled installation project which will see the creation of a 482-kilometre long pipeline.
The Norwegian company is operator during the development of the Polarled project and is responsible for laying the pipeline between Aasta Hansteen and Nyhamna.
Håkon Ivarjord, MPR’s project venture manager, said: “I am pleased to note that the pipeline is now connected to the Nyhamna processing plant. The pipeline pull-in to Nyhamna is an important milestone to the project and the Polarled licensees.
The Norwegian Sea currently has no infrastructure for gas although efforts have been made over several years to develop various alternative gas transport solutions.
The Polarled pipeline is the first to take the Norwegian gas infrastructure across the Arctic Circle.
It is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.