OSLO, Norway --Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority has given Hydro permission to use new production facilities for transporting gas from its Njord A facilities.
Njord's semisubmersible platform in the Norwegian Sea has been modified to allow exports of gas for the first time, via the Aasgard Transport gas pipeline system from Statoil's Aasgard complex to Kaarsto in western Norway.
The new facilities comprise an additional 10-in. (25.4-cm) riser, a new 12-in. (30.5-cm) gas line, and another new connection via the Draugen pipeline end module to the Aagrad pipeline. Modifications to the platform include a new gas dehydration module, a glycol regeneration plant, and a gas metering station. Njord gas should start flowing on Oct. 1.