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Shell’s giant gas field in Norway suffers power dip

Mon Dec 5, 2011 7:47am GMT

* Ormen Lange suffers power dip and ramp up problems

* Plant consuming 20 MW vs installed capacity of 200 MW

OSLO Dec 5 (Reuters) – The plant processing gas from Ormen Lange, Royal Dutch Shell’s giant field off Norway, suffered a power dip on Monday, the energy firm told the Nordic power bourse in a message, curtailing a key gas supply to Europe.

The plant processing gas from the offshore field, which can supply up to 20 percent of Britain’s gas needs, gets all its power from the Norwegian national grid so a cut in power supply is likely to have affected processing activities.

“Due to power dip and ramp up problems Ormen Lange’s demand is reduced,” said the message, which was sent at 0651 GMT. The problem occurred at 0600 GMT, it said.

The plant was only consuming 20 megawatts (MW) of power compared to an installed capacity of 200 MW, the message said.

Ormen Lange has an average output of some 62 million cubic metres per day.

Shell could not immediately comment.

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