Ormen Lange Gas Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: Shell
  • Country: Norway
  • Location: 120 kilometres north-west of Kristiansund
  • Production start: 2007
  • Partners: Statoil – 25.35%, Shell – 17.0%, Petoro – 36.5%, Dong Energy – 10.3%, ExxonMobil – 7.2%
  • Type: Gas
  • Estimated Reserves:
    • 297.0 billion Sm³ gas - 220.5 billion Sm³ gas
    • 16.3 million Sm³ condensate - 10.3 million Sm³ condensate
  • Production Volume: (2012 Est)
    • Gas: 21.23 billion Sm³
    • Condensate: 1.69 million Sm³


  • The Ormen Lange field, discovered in 1997, is located 100 km off the northwest coast of Norway where the water depth is 850 to 1,100 metres. The field is the second largest gas field in Norway with recoverable gas estimated at 397 billion Sm3 and 28.5 million Sm3 of condensate.
  • The field has been developed with sea-floor installations at depths of between 800 and 1,100 metres, combined with an onshore plant at Nyhamna in Aukra municipality in Norway, for processing and exporting the gas.
  • Gas is delivered to the UK market via the Langeled Gas Pipeline

Ormen Lange North Field Project

  • The project will add a fourth subsea production template (template C) around 6 km to the north of the existing main production area that contains three templates (A, B and D).


  • FMC Technologies: six subsea trees, one eight slot manifold with protection structures, related control systems and four pipeline end modules with connection equipment
  • Acergy: Installation of a MEG line and umbilical and tie–in and commissioning of the MEG line, umbilical and flowlines
  • Saipem: Transport and installation of two pipelines
  • Kvaerner: Slug catcher
  • Nexans:
    • Supply the two 125 kilometres main umbilicals
    • Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the infield umbilical for the Ormen Lange North Field project


  • 1997 - The Ormen Lange field was discovered
  • 1999 - Shell was awarded the operatorship of Ormen Lange by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
  • 2004 - Project approval
  • 2003 - Aker Kvaerner won the the contract for front-end engineering, detail engineering, procurement and project management support for the onshore gas processing plant
  • 2004 - Saipem awarded pipeline contract
  • 2007 - Shell takes over operatorship
  • 2007 - Production starts
  • 2007 - FMC Technologies awarded contract for Supply Subsea Systems
  • 2007 - Acergy awarded MEG line contract
  • 2013 - Statoil reduced its share of the field
  • 2014 - The subsea compression project is postponed


  • The main reservoir consists of sandstones of Paleocene age in the “Egga” Formation, about 2 700 - 2 900 metres below sea level


  1. Statoil, Ormen Lange
  2. Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, Ormen Lange
  3. Serimax Europe Pipeline References
  4. Kvaerner Platform References
  5. Saipem Europe Pipeline References
  6. Aker Kvaerner wins Ormen Lange work
  7. ABB drives help develop giant Norwegian gas field
  8. Shell takes over operatorship of major European gas field
  9. Royal opening of Ormen Lange
  10. FMC Technologies to Supply Subsea Systems for Hydro's Ormen Lange Southern Field Development
  11. Acergy S.A. $58 million contract award in Norway
  12. Nexans wins a 4.8 million euro contract to supply infield umbilical for Ormen Lange North Field project
  13. Saipem awarded two offshore construction contracts total amounting to USD 230 million
  14. Reef Subsea Dredging & Excavation completes extensive seabed remediation work for A/S Norske Shell at Ormen Lange deepwater field offshore Norway
  15. Ormen Lange redetermination Process Concluded
  16. Ormen Lange license Postpones offshore compression

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