Norwegian pipeline gas operator Gassco reports jump in deliveries but 2022 total falls short of 2017 record

Tuesday, 24 January 2023
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Gassco, the Norwegian pipeline natural gas operator and whose transported volumes are the main competitor to LNG, reported a jump in deliveries to Europe with Germany being the main recipient, though the total fell short of the record deliveries made in 2017.

Gassco said it exported a total of 116.9 billion cubic metres, the equivalent to energy quantity of 1286 terawatt hours, through pipelines to Europe in 2022.

Germany represented the biggest increase by importing 11 percent more natural gas from Norway than in the previous year.

“The year 2022 has, in all clarity, demonstrated how important Norwegian natural gas is and will be as a reliable energy source to Europe.,” said Frode Leversund, Chief Executive of Gassco.

“We usually deliver less gas during the summer months than in winter, but last year’s exports were at near-winter levels all the year through,” explained Leversund.

Norway has by far been Europe’s biggest supplier of natural gas throughout a turbulent 2022 after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“At the same time, the demand for more renewable and cleaner energy, at the expense of coal, has rendered European countries more vulnerable,” said CEO Leversund.

“The war in Ukraine has led to an increase in the demand for stable and reliable deliveries of natural gas, and the production of Norwegian gas is vital for meeting Europe’s energy needs,” he added.

Record in 2017

While the Norwegian natural gas exports through pipelines to Europe totalled 116.9 Bcm, the total was less than the 2017 record year when 117.4 Bcm was exported.

Gassco said that the biggest rise in exports in 2022 was to Germany, which received nearly 54.8 Bcm of gas.

“The energy quantity equals more than four times the annual hydroelectric power production in Norway,” noted Gassco.

After Germany, the UK was the second-largest recipient of Norwegian gas with 27.9 Bcm, a drop of 11.7 percent from 2021.

Gassco pipeline deliveries to France at Dunkirk increased by 4.7 percent from the previous year to 17.8 Bcm.

Belgium’s pipeline gas receipts at Zeebrugge rose by 2.6 percent to 15.6 Bcm.

Gassco also started pipeline gas deliveries via Denmark to the Baltic Pipe in September 2022 that now links Poland directly into the gas delivery system between Norway and continental Europe.

“The gas transportation system will also contribute to strengthening the security of supply to both Poland and Denmark and other countries bordering the Baltic Sea,” said Gassco.

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