The Ormen Lange license group has awarded Van Oord ACZ AS a subsea rock installation contract from 2004-2007 valued at NKr700 million, including options. The contract comprises the installation of rock for support and protection of Ormen Lange's pipelines and umbilicals from shore at Nyhamna in Mid-Norway to the field development area. The contract involves procurement of 2,800,000 metric tons of rock and installation on the seabed.
Two specialized fall-pipe vessels –Rocknes and Tertnes – will operate simultaneously.
Hydro operates Ormen Lange during the development phase, including all field development, the onshore gas processing plant at Nyhamna in Mid-Norway, and the export pipeline project.
Ormen Lange's untreated wellstream will be transported onshore in two 120-km-long, 30-in. flowlines. At Nyhamna the gas will be processed, then exported in a 1,200-km-long pipeline to Easington in the UK.
Production start of the Ormen Lange field is planned for October 2007. The field is 100 km off the northwest coast of Norway in 850-1,100 m of water.
Partners in the Ormen Lange licence are Norsk Hydro 18%, Shell 17%, operator production phase, Petoro 36.5%, BP 10.3%, Statoil 10.8%, and ExxonMobil 7.3%.