Work begins on world's longest underwater pipeline

Friday, April 22, 2005

Work began today on what will be the world's longest underwater pipeline. The pipeline, which is being built for Norsk Hydro ASA, will bring Norwegian natural gas to the UK.

Stretching 1,200 km from Nyhamna, Norway to Easington, Britain, the pipeline will eventually carry 70 million cubic metres per day. That equates to some 20% of Britain's gas supply.

The construction of the pipeline will consume over 1 million tonnes of concrete and about the same amount of steel.

Called the Langeled pipeline, it is due to open in 2007.