Sea route for Vestprosess

October 23, 1998, 10:00 CEST

A big saving will be achieved in Statoil's Vestprosess project by laying part of its pipeline in the sea rather than on land.

"This route change saves us NOK 80 million," says project director Ove Sembsmoen, who is working to link three landfalls for oil and gas in the Bergen area of western Norway.

An environmental impact assessment for the sea line - which adds 15 kilometres to the length of the system, bringing it to 62 kilometres - is being considered by the Norwegian authorities.

Natural gas liquids will be piped underwater from Statoil's Kollsnes gas treatment plant to its Mongstad oil terminal and refinery.

While this line is due to be laid next summer, Mr Sembsmoen reports that work on a condensate pipeline to link Norsk Hydro's Sture crude oil terminal to Vestprosess starts in late November.

A contract worth about NOK 100 million relating to the latter job was recently awarded by Vestprosess to the Spie Capag/AF Spesialprosjekter joint venture.

Embracing welding, installation and trenching of the 11-kilometre pipeline, this order means that the bulk of contracts for Vestprosess has now been placed, Mr Sembsmoen reports.