Nyhamna Gas Plant Expansion, Norway


The Nyhamna onshore processing facility, located on the Nyhamna peninsula on Norway's west coast, is undergoing an expansion to increase its capacity to receive gas from Aasta Hansteen field as well as other new fields.

The gas processing plant is operated by Shell for a partnership comprising ExxonMobil, Petoro, Statoil and Dong. The expansion project was started in 2014 and is expected to be completed in 2017.

Following the expansion, the plant's capacity is expected to increase to 84 million standard cubic metres a day (mscm/d) of gas from the existing capacity of 70mscm/d. The upgraded facility will be connected to the Polarled pipeline, which will initially transport gas from the Aasta Hansteen field but will later connect other fields to the plant.

"The expansion will include installation of facilities and infrastructure to accommodate the new Polarled pipeline."

Operations at the onshore gas processing plant started in 2007 with gas from the Ormen Lange gas field located 120km off the west coast of Norway being processed since then. The field is developed as a subsea tie-back to the plant, where gas is dehydrated, hydrocarbon dew-pointed and compressed before being exported to the UK gas markets via the Langeled pipeline.

Nyhamna gas plant expansion details

The Nyhamna onshore plant will be modified to be the new gas hub in Norway. The expansion will include installation of facilities and infrastructure to accommodate the new Polarled pipeline, which has been designed to include a polar tee that will enable future tie-in of the Snøhvit or other northern fields.

The expansion will also cover the installation of two new compressors to increase the pressure at the Ormen Lange field. The compressors will assist in maintaining the production at the field, as well as supporting the flow from a depth of 850m up to the land.

Booster compression is required to maintain the export volumes from the field as the pressure in the field reservoir is declining.

New facilities that will be constructed as part of the project include a processing unit, hydrogen sulphide removal unit, storage tanks, reception facilities for third-party gas, and a fourth export compressor, while the compressor will be upgraded and new safety systems installed along with 50 new modules.

A new substation will be constructed to provide power to the booster compressors of Ormen Lange field that will have a rating of 38MW. The fourth export compressor, with a rating of 48MW, will be similar to the existing compressors.

Contractors involved

Kværner Stord has been selected as the main contractor and was awarded the engineering, procurement, construction management (EPCM) contract in 2012. The contract is valued at Nkr11bn ($1.35bn) after its value increased by Nkr5bn ($614.75m) following the front-end engineering and design work.

Aker Solutions was appointed as a subcontractor by Kværner to undertake the engineering and modification. China Offshore Oil Engineering Corporation has been selected to provide a part of the modules required for the expansion, while OGN will provide other modules.

Civil and underground modifications will be performed by Multiconsult, which has collaborated with Shell and Genesis Oil and Gas during the feasibility study. Beerenberg will be responsible for engineering services and inspections, insulation, scaffolding, surface treatment, passive fire protection, architecture, Sveisolat and cold cutting.

Engineering, supervision and quality control works within thermal insulation will be handled by Yabimo. ABB has been subcontracted by Kværner for $24m to increase reliability and minimise grid losses at the Nyhamna gas processing facility.

AF Gruppen will handle the civilworks, including the ground work, piping and cable culverts, roads and parking lots.

The turbomachinery systems will be supplied by GE Oil and Gas, who has chosen Flenco as its preferred partner to provide the auxiliary systems. The fire and gas system will be upgraded by Holta & Håland Safety.