Nyhamna in Aukra municipality in Møre and Romsdal is one of Northern Europe's largest gas terminals and it is the terminal for gas from Ormen Lange. The processing plant supplies gas to Great Britain and other countries in Europe.
The Ormen Lange field is the second-largest gas field to be discovered and commissioned off the Norwegian coast on the Norwegian continental shelf. The field is located 140 km north-west of Kristiansund, just outside the edge of the Storegga slide in the Norwegian Sea. The reservoir is about 2,000 metres below the seabed.
After processing at Nyhamna, the gas is exported through the world's second-longest subsea gas pipeline, Langeled, which runs about 1,200 km from Nyhamna to Easington in England. Langeled was built by Statoil on behalf of Hydro, the operator during the development phase. Ormen Lange produces about 70 million cubic metres of natural gas a day.
The 482 km pipeline Polarled, which was completed in September 2015, will transport gas from the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea to Nyhamna when the field becomes operational.
The Nyhamna plant is on Gossa island, which is also where the Langeled pipeline starts. The first part of the pipeline opened in 2006, and the entire pipeline became operational in October 2007.
Shell is the operator for Ormen Lange and the gas plant at Nyhamna. Once Aasta Hansteen becomes operational, Gassco will be the operator of Nyhamna with Shell in charge of technical operation.
Gassco is the operator for Langeled, while Statoil is in charge of technical operation of the pipeline.