New Norwegian gas field in big setback

Getting the newly opened Norwegian gas field Aasta Hansteen back into operation is taking longer than expected.

Photo: Statoil ASA

Only two days passed from gas field Aasta Hansteen's being commissioned in mid-December to it being shut down. It now appears that the closure, which was initially attributed to "problems with the well", will last for longer than first expected.

The field, serviced by the world's largest drilling rig of the model Spar, is thereby impacted by a major setback almost before even beginning operations.

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