Ormen Lange (gas field)

Ormen Lange (Gas Field)

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Ormen Lange is a natural gas field on the Norwegian continental shelf. It is situated northwest of Kristiansund, where seabed depths vary between . The field is named after the famous longship Ormen Lange of Olaf Tryggvason, a 10th century Viking king of Norway.


The field was discovered in 1997. Production began in September 2007. The King of Norway attended the official opening of this project, delivered on time and inside budget, on 6 October 2007, at the Aker football stadium in Molde.


The reservoir is approximately long and wide, and lies about below sea level. Recoverable gas reserves are estimated to be ~300 billion cubic meters.

Technical description

The Ormen Lange field has been developed without using conventional offshore platforms. Instead, 24 subsea wellheads in four seabed templates on the ocean floor are connected directly by two pipelines to an onshore process terminal at Nyhamna. After processing, the gas is exported by the world's longest subsea gas pipeline - Langeled pipeline - approximately from Nyhamna to Easington in England. The northern section of the export pipeline has a diameter of , and the section from Sleipner to Easington has a diameter of . The field produces 70 million cubic meters of natural gas per day.

Total cost is estimated to reach 66 billion Norwegian kroner (around US$12 billion) by the time of completion.

Natural conditions

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