Loading record at Mongstad

January 18, 2001, 10:00 CET

Statoil's port at Mongstad, north of Bergen, set a new record in its number of vessel calls and the volume of crude oil and refined products shipped out last year.

There were 2,195 ship calls in 2000, compared with 1,930 the year before, according to Kjell Magnus Heggertveit, port captain.

A total of 435 million barrels of crude and almost 11 million tonnes of products were shipped from the jetties. This represents increases of 48 million barrels and 900,000 tonnes respectively.

These figures confirm Mongstad's position as Norway's biggest port and Europe's second largest oil port after Rotterdam, in tonnage terms.

Last year was the first whole year in which crude was loaded ship-to-ship, after this method was adopted in autumn 1999. There were 25 loadings of this type in 2000.

Records have not been set by the other three Statoil ports. Kårstø north of Stavanger had 421 ship calls in 2000, which is 10 fewer than in 1999. Ethane has been shipped out from Kårstø since October 2000. Production of ethane started after the Kårstø gas treatment plant started receiving gas from the Åsgard field in the North Sea.

The Kalundborg refinery's port in Denmark had 788 ship calls in 2000. This was 10 fewer than the year before, but volumes shipped remained at the 1999 level. Kalundborg imported just over 36 million barrels of crude and condensate and about 430,000 tonnes of feedstock for its refinery.

The Tjeldbergodden port in mid-Norway had 179 vessel calls in 2000, an increase of 13 from 1999. About 683,000 tonnes of methanol were shipped out, which is 73,000 tonnes less than the year before.