Yorkshire to Norway pipeline (2/4)

The world’s longest undersea pipeline, which will help bolster Britain’s dwindling gas reserves, is to come ashore in East Yorkshire. The 1200km pipeline is to be built from a new gas field being developed off Norway. While the Scandinavian country uses little of its own gas reserves, Britain is set to become a net importer of gas by 2005–6. Norwegian company Norsk Hydro, one of the partners developing the Ormen Lange field, says gas deliveries to Britain and the European continent will begin in 2007 and will probably continue for 30 to 40 years. Recoverable gas reserves presently stand at a formidable 375 billion cubic metres. A spokeswoman for Statoil, which has around 10% share of the field, confirmed that the pipeline would come ashore in the Easington/Dimlington area, where there are already several gas terminals. She added: “The partners have decided that if a pipeline is going to be built, we want the landing point at Easington. We looked at several terminals but haven’t yet decided the exact location.” The UK and Norwegian Governments have not yet signed a treaty over the pipe.

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