Our refinery, our processing plants and terminals transform crude oil and natural gas into everyday commodities such as petrol, diesel, heating oil and consumer-ready natural gas.
A reliable value chain is essential to provide oil and gas consumers with the long-term energy security that underpins economic growth. These facilities play a key role in keeping the wheels of society turning.
Turning natural resources into products
Our refinery, processing plants and terminals play a key role in the transport and treatment of oil and gas. Most of our products are exported to continental Europe, but we also export to North America and Asia. The products are used as fuel for transport, for heating, for electricity generation and as industrial feedstock.
Flexibility in the timing and volume of crude oil shipments is particularly important when marketing crude oil beyond north-western Europe, and we achieve this through intermediate storage.
We continuously seek to improve the efficiency of our facilities. Our refinery at Mongstad has been extensively upgraded to remove polluting sulphurous components from cracker naphtha, one of the constituents of finished petrol, while our Tjeldbergodden plant is one of the world’s most energy-efficient methanol producers.
Our onshore facilities
Gas storage in Aldbrough
The Aldbrough facility consists of nine underground caverns used to store natural gas.
The storage capacity is around 330 million cubic metres of gas. The caverns were formed using seawater to leach out salt deposits around two kilometres underground, and the facility has been in operation since 2012.
Aldbrough has the capacity to deliver gas to the National Transmission System at a rate of up to 40 mcm per day, equivalent to the average daily consumption of eight million UK homes, and the ability to have up to 30 mcm of gas per day injected. Aldbrough provides around 7% of the total gas storage capacity in the UK and around 25% of gas deliverability.
The Aldbrough facility is owned by SSE and Equinor (UK) Ltd, who hold two-thirds and one third respectively.
The Etzel gas facility—our gas store in Germany
Germany's increasing demand for gas in the 1980s lead to Norway and Germany signing new gas supply contracts, and the subsequent construction of the Etzel gas storage facility.
The Etzel Gas store comprises 19 caverns and storage capacity for gas has increased from around 500 million to over 1.2 billion standard cubic metres. Equinor Storage Deutschland is the operator of the storage system in its part of the facility.
Kollsnes processing plant
The processing plant at Kollsnes in Øygarden to the west of Bergen processes the gas from the Troll, Kvitebjørn, Visund and Fram fields. The plant can process up to 144.5 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of natural gas per day.
The plant at Kollsnes was opened in 1996 and plays an important role in exports of gas to Europe from the Norwegian continental shelf, with approximately 40% of all Norwegian gas export going via this facility.
Kårstø processing plant
The Kårstø processing plant in Nord-Rogaland is the largest of its kind in Europe. The plant plays a key role in the transport and processing of gas and condensate/light oil from major sites on the Norwegian continental shelf.
Around 30 fields are connected to Kårstø via pipelines, and millions of cubic metres of gas and condensate/light oil flow into the plant every day. There, the heavier components are separated out, while the rest, which is called dry gas or sales gas, is piped onwards to the continent.
Hammerfest LNG, outside Hammerfest in Finnmark county, is a facility that receives and processes natural gas from the Snøhvit field in the Barents Sea.
The gas is conveyed in a 160 km gas pipeline to the facility, which became operational in the autumn of 2007. Equinor was the operator during the development phase and now has operational responsibility for the facility.
The first part of the refinery at Mongstad in Nordhordland was put into operations in 1975. The refinery has a process capasity of 12 million tonnes of crude oil per year.Information to the neighbours from Equinor Mongstad (PDF)
Nyhamna in Aukra municipality in Møre and Romsdal is one of Northern Europe's largest gas terminals and 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.
The Sture terminal
The Sture terminal in the Municipality of Øygarden in Vestland is a major tanker port for crude oil.
Oseberg Transportation System (OTS) is a comprehensive system that started up in 1988 for transport of Oseberg crude oil to the Sture terminal for further handling and offloading into crude oil tankers.
Tjeldbergodden industrial facility
The Tjeldbergodden industrial facility at Nordmøre comprises three plants; a methanol plant, a gas receiving terminal and an air separation plant. The facility officially opened in June 1997.
The methanol plant is the largest in Europe, and when it was first opened, it was the first time natural gas had been used on a large scale for industrial production in Norway. The production capacity of the methanol plant is around 900,000 tonnes of methanol per year, and gas from the Heidrun field on Haltenbanken is transported via the 250 km 16" Haltenpipe pipeline.
Conditions of sales
General terms and conditions for sales of our products.Conditions of sales
How to find us in Norway
Addresses to our offices and supply bases in NorwayHow to find us in Norway