The King opened Ormen Lange
The King and Queen attended a luncheon in Molde before going on to Nyhamna in the municipality of Aukra. During a direct broadcast between Nyhamna and Aker Stadion in Molde, King Harald officially opened the terminal which will supply Great Britain with enough natural gas to cover 20 % of that countrys total annual needs. His Majesty expressed his appreciation for the development of the facility, and for the success achieved by international industries under Norwegian leadership in this area.
Ormen Lange is the second largest gas field on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and currently ranks as the largest development in the European offshore arena. Ormen Lange gas will be harvested from a reservoir under the seabed via subsea installations at depths of 1,000 metres. This gas will be transported to land and processed at the Nyhamna refinery, after which it will be exported to Easington in Great Britain via the Langeled pipeline, which is the worlds longest subsea export pipeline.
The terminal extends across an area equivalent to 100 football fields, and has cost NOK 50 billion to build.
Science and culture
Research, sports, beekeeping and music. Norway and Slovenia share a wide array of interests, and today the King and Queen and the Slovenian President, Borut Pahor, gained insight into several of them.
State visit from Slovenia
Today Their Majesties The King and Queen welcomed the President of the Republic of Slovenia, His Excellency Mr Borut Pahor, to Norway. This is the first State Visit to Norway of a Slovenian President and King Harald and Queen Sonja are his hosts.