Eni Norge sells to clients in Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, the Czech Republic, the UK and Norway. Gas sales on the spot market are coordinated by Eni Trading & Shipping in London.
Gas transport requires monitoring on a daily basis, and our Stavanger office is actively involved in the purchase and sale of short- and long-term transport capacity.
Since its foundation in 2001, Gassco has assumed responsibility for the gas pipeline distribution network. Eni Norge was a co-owner of Norpipe, via its participating interests in the Ekofisk project. Norpipe, which terminated at Emden, was the first pipeline installed on the Norwegian shelf.
In the beginning, pipelines on the Norwegian shelf were owned by a variety of different partnership organisations. Radical changes were made to transport system competition terms and ownership structures in the years between 1998 and 2002. In Norway, Gassco and Gassled were established in 2001 and 2002 respectively.
Gassled resulted from a fusion of the partnership organisations which formerly owned the various pipelines and treatment plants.
At its launch on 1 January 2003, a total of 11 companies had participating interests in Gassled. As administrators of the Norwegian State’s Direct Financial Interest (SDFI), Statoil and Petoro were the dominant participants. The remaining participants were Norsk Hydro, TotalFinaElf, Esso, Norske Shell, Mobil, Norse Gas, Norske Conoco, Norsk Agip and Fortum Petroleum. Both Norsk Agip and Fortum Petroleum are currently incorporated as part of Eni Norge. Eni Norge sold its ownershare in Gassled in 2012 to Solveig Gas Norway, and is now only transporting gas through Gassled.
Gassled made it possible to establish a single unitary system controlling access to the upstream gas pipeline distribution network. It is now sufficient simply to enter into a single agreement for use of the pipelines and treatment plants.
As new pipeline systems are constructed and incorporated into the Gassled system, the ownership structure will be amended accordingly.
Further information about Gassled can be found at Gassco's website.
Gassco was established by the Norwegian authorities to act as an independent operator of the Gassled network. Gassco is also intended to play a key role in the future development of the gas transport system. The aim of the transport and treatment plants and systems is that they shall benefit all gas producers and contribute towards a collective and efficient exploitation of the resources on the continental shelf.
You will find further information about the history of pipeline transport at Gassco’s website.
More information (in Norwegian)
Stortingsmelding nr. 38
Stortingsmelding nr. 39