KOPERVIK, Norway – The Gassled joint venture has approved the construction of a new reception terminal for Norwegian gas in Emden on the German coast.
This will replace the existing Norsea Gas Terminal (NGT), which entered service in 1977, in connection with the development of Norway’s Ekofisk field in the North Sea.
Currently the Emden terminal receives a large proportion of the Norwegian gas delivered to Germany via the Norpipe line.
Construction of the new facility will start next fall on land within the existing terminal area, with completion scheduled for 2016.
Estimated cost is about NOK 5 billion ($888 million). A contract to build the terminal will be awarded next spring.
According to operator Gassco, although it will not increase Norway’s gas export capacity, it will be adapted to future needs for receiving gas from fields in the Ekofisk area and other parts of the Norwegian continental shelf.
Gassco took on technical operating responsibility for the existing Norsea gas terminal in 2007.