KØPERVIK, Norway – Norwegian gas distributor Gassco sent 113.2 bcm through the country’s pipeline network last year, the third highest total to date.
Supplies from Norway now constitute around one-quarter of Europe’s energy consumption, Gassco added.
CEO Frode Leversund said: “The year 2021 was characterized by a high level of activity and a large number of enquiries concerning the assessment of new tie-ins to the transport system.”
Availability of the network (the ability to meet contractual delivery terms) was 99.7% last year. “To be able to deliver at this level, particularly in a pandemic year, we’re dependent on good collaboration throughout the value chain,” he added.
More than 60 fields on the Norwegian continental shelf currently produce gas, he continued. “We also expect a high level of activity in 2022, both around new projects and with regard to gas demand.”
Gassco made further improvements to the transport network to increase delivery capacity through the network, and plans to open a new exit point that will allow Norwegian gas to be delivered to the Polish market.
“Access to Norwegian gas could help Poland to reduce CO2 emissions by 70 MM metric tons [77 MM tons] per annum, assuming that deliveries from Norway replace coal-fired electricity generation.”
In addition, Gassco has started work on adapting the transport network to suit future energy requirements, including use of the gas infrastructure to transport hydrogen and CO2.