Norwegian gas pipe likely shut all winter -Statoil

LONDON, Sept 10 (Reuters) - The leaking gas pipeline between Norway's Kvitebjoern platform and a processor at Kollsnes is not now expected to be repaired before next spring although quicker repair options are being looked at, an executive from field operator StatoilHydro STL.OL said on Wednesday.

The company discovered a leak on the gas pipeline and closed it in August. It has been looking for ways to get it fixed and back into service for winter since then. But those efforts have not so far allowed Statoil to bring forward the repair work.

“The current time line is spring-summer 2009,” Jens Olav Okland, senior vice president for supply and infrastructure at StatoilHydro, told a winter supply seminar in London. (Reporting by Daniel Fineren, editing by Anthony Barker)


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