This piece of pipe marks Polarled’s crossing of the Arctic Circle. It was laid down on the seabed at 05:04 Friday morning, 21 August. [Photo credit: Lars Chr. Henrichsen, Statoil]
“The Polarled gas pipeline crossed 66 degrees and 33 minutes north of the equator and became the first pipeline to cross the Arctic Circle. This will open a new gas highway from the Norwegian Sea to Europe.” According to the company’s statement,
Norwegian energy company Statoil achieved a new pipeline industry milestone when its Polarled gas pipeline became the first pipeline to cross the Arctic Circle.
The 300-mile-long and 36-inch-wide pipeline will run from Nyhamna, Norway to the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea. It is the first large-diameter pipeline of its kind to be placed in waters greater than 4,150-feet deep.
The Polarled pipeline is expected to be completed fall 2015.