Thor Otto Lohne, Gassco
«We supplied more gas in the first two months of 2012 than ever before. In such a situation our facilities are totally dependent on a reliable supply of energy,» says Executive Vice President of Gassco Thor Otto Lohne.
«We have a clear and simple objective for our company; to provide safe and efficient transport of Norwegian natural gas to the markets, and to do so at high regularity and low costs. Just like Statnett, we transport energy. It’s important to us that buyers of Norwegian gas in Europe have predictability. This means Statnett has to deliver.»
«It is not just about a sufficient supply of energy, but also about high regularity of supply and as few disruptions and voltage fluctuations as possible. Last year half of the failed supplies to the UK and the Continent were caused by voltage outages. Looking at the previous outages, we think it is very important that more security and quality of supply is provided to the grid.»
«Previously, all facilities had their own energy supply from self-produced gas. Now an increasing number of facilities depend on electricity from the power grid. The objective to electrify the shelf also entails that we must have a power production and power line capacity of sufficiently high quality.»
«Norway is a major gas supplier and will remain so for a long time. However, the main location for the resources that will fill up our gas plants will move north. We will most certainly need power for our facilities at Kollsnes and Kårstø in Western Norway and at Nyhamna in Central Norway. In Finnmark County the Snøhvit facilities on Melkøya are likely to be developed as are other discoveries and reserves in the area. This means that a reliable supply of power will be necessary in many parts of the country to ensure that the petroleum industry can continue to develop.