London inauguration marks Langeled start-up

The Langeled pipeline consortium and the British and Norwegian prime ministers on Oct. 16 inaugurated the 600-km southern leg of 1,200-km Langeled pipeline, which has begun exporting gas from the Sleipner hub in the Norwegian North Sea to Easington on the UK’s east coast (OGJ, Oct. 9, 2006, Newsletter).Statoil ASA designed and laid the 44-in. diameter southern segment on behalf of Norsk Hydro ASA, operator of the Langeled development phase, which was completed 3 billion kroner ($444.1 million) below budget. Anne Lycke, Hydro’s Langeled asset manager, told OGJ that the company secured steel supply contracts before steel prices jumped.When complete, the Langeled pipeline will ca...

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