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The Aasta Hansteen field will be run from Harstad, Statoil’s new Operations North organisation. The supply base will be located in Sandnessjøen and the helicopter base in Brønnøysund.
The planned field development includes a SPAR platform, which will be the first such installation on the Norwegian continental shelf. SPAR is a floating installation consisting of a vertical column moored to the seabed. The installation features conventional topsides with processing facilities. The risers transporting the gas from the seabed to the platform and further to Polarled will be pure steel which will be first of its kind on the Norwegian continental shelf. The hull will be fitted with storage for condensate. The condensate will be loaded to shuttle tankers at the field.
Polarled opens for gas in the Norwegian Sea
PolarledI is a new 480-kilometre gas pipeline from Aasta Hansteen to Nyhamna in Møre og Romsdal county. The pipeline facilitates the development of Aasta Hansteen and other fields in the Norwegian Sea.
The project includes expansion of the Shell-operated gas plant at Nyhamna. A separate pipeline between Polarled and the Kristin platform will connect new infrastructure to existing infrastructure on Haltenbanken (Åsgard Transportation) . In addition preparations will be made for the tie-in of existing and future discoveries in the area.