The world's longest sub-sea pipeline linking Norway's offshore gas fields to the UK gas network was officially opened this week.
The Langeled pipeline will deliver 20 per cent of the world's future gas needs will carry gas to flow from Norway's Sleipner offshore hub to its UK terminal at Easington in East Yorkshire under phase one.Under phase two, the pipeline will connect the UK to Norway's Ormen Lange field by October 2007.'Thanks to the Langeled pipeline we have the infrastructure to deliver it straight into the UK's gas network, and from there into homes and businesses across the length and breadth of the country.'The Government also began consulting today on the effectiveness of current gas security of supply arrangements. Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks said: 'We need to make sure the regulatory framework remains the right one and that the incentives are the most effective.' www.dti.gov.uk/consultations/page34643.html.