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    Norway's 2018 EU Gas Exports Its Second Highest


Summer flows were unexpectedly high.

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Norway's 2018 EU Gas Exports Its Second Highest

Gassco transported 114.2bn m³ of gas during 2018 through the pipeline system it operates between Norway and Europe, it said January 10. That is the second highest: 2017 pipeline exports were a little higher, at almost 117bn m³. Nearly all Norwegian output is piped to Europe, the exception being about 4bn m³/yr from the Snohvit field which is liquefied in Norway and sold globally by tanker.

“Norway’s gas deliveries to Europe are stably high, and exports in 2018 were the second-highest ever,” said the CEO of the pipeline transporter, Frode Leversund. “This shows that Norwegian gas is regarded as an attractive and reliable energy source for European consumers.”

 A new record for summer deliveries to Europe was also set in 2018, with 36.8bn m³ exported from May to August which is normally the offshore maintenance season. “Availability for delivering gas in the transport system was over 99% in 2018,” says Leversund. “This is a strong figure, and we’re very proud of it.

 “Norwegian gas has many competitive advantages, but the fact that the integrated transport system, with process plants and terminals, runs steadily with the lowest possible climate impact is something we work hard to achieve every single day,” he said.