The field was discovered in 1997 and is about 40 kilometres long and between eight and ten kilometres wide.
The plan for development and operation (PDO) of the Ormen Lange field was submitted to the Norwegian authorities on 4 December 2003. Norske Shell took over as operator on 1 December 2007.
The field has been developed with sea-floor installations at depths of between 800 and 1,100 metres, combined with an onshore plant at Nyhamna in Aukra municipality in Norway, for processing and exporting the gas.
Following processing at the onshore facility in Aukra, the gas will be exported through the 1,200-kilometre long pipeline Langeled, to the reception centre in Easington on the east coast of the UK. The gas can also be transported via the riser platform in the Sleipner area of the North Sea to customers in continental Europe.
The field is produced through four seabed templates, and drilling of new gas wells is expected to continue. In addition there are plans to introduce compression on the field to increase the recovery of gas and condensate.
Operator: A/S Norske Shell
Location: Block 6305/4,5, 7 and 8.
Production start: September 2007
Production: Gas and condensate