Polarled pipeline crosses the Arctic CircleNews // September 3, 2015
On 21 August the Polarled gas pipeline crossed 66 degrees and 33 minutes north of the equator, becoming the first pipeline to take the Norwegian gas infrastructure across the Arctic Circle. Doing so will open a new gas highway from the Norwegian Sea to Europe.
The 482km long, 36in diameter pipeline will run from Nyhamna in western Norway to the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea. The world’s largest pipelaying vessel, Allseas' Solitaire, is carrying out the job.
During the start-up in March the pipeline was pulled in to Nyhamna. During September the vessel will arrive at the Aasta Hansteen field, if weather permits.
"We are progressing well at the moment, conditions have been good for more than 50 days in a row, and at the end of July we set a record of laying 4.8km of pipe in one day,” said Kenneth Aksel Kristensen, one of Statoil’s company representatives on board the vessel.
Polarled will also be the deepest pipeline on the Norwegian continental shelf – in the Aasta Hansteen field the water depth is 1,260m. It is also the first time a 36in pipe has been is laid in such deep water.