The Nyhamna gas processing plant. Image courtesy of Royal Dutch Shell.

Royal Dutch Shell will boost the output capacity at its Ormen Lange natural gas field in offshore Norway by installing new compressors.

Shell executives told Reuters that the company will install two new compressors at the Ormen Lange field to raise the field’s output capacity.

The upgrade is expected to boost the field’s output capacity to 70 million cubic meters per day, up from the current level of about 50 million cubic meters per day.

The Ormen Lange project is located about 75 miles off Norway’s coast.

According to Shell’s website, natural gas from the deep-water Ormen Lange project provides the UK with about 20 percent of its natural gas demand.

Gas from Ormen Lange is piped to an onshore processing plant at Nyhamna that is currently being upgraded to receive gas from more fields.

Shell told Reuters on Tuesday that it will also boost the Nyhamna gas processing plant’s capacity to 84 million cubic meters per day, up from 70 million cubic meters per day.

The upgrade is designed to accommodate output from Statoil’s Aasta Hansteen field.

Aasta Hansteen is currently in the development phase and is expected to come online in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Shell holds a 17.8 percent operating take in the Ormen Lange project.

Statoil holds a 25.4 percent stake in the project, Norway-based Petoro holds a 36.5 percent stake, Denmark-based DONG Energy holds a 14 percent stake and ExxonMobil holds a 6.3 perncet stake.


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