On a small island along Norway’s rugged western coast, a team of engineers receive a giant delivery aboard a low trailer with 500 wheels. Heavy snow falls as the last of 54 new modules arrives, packed with equipment to process natural gas. The final module is the biggest, standing 32 metres tall and weighing 2,500 tonnes – more than four fully-laden Airbus A380-800 airliners.
This is Nyhamna, one of Norway’s largest gas processing plants and an essential part of Europe’s sprawling gas supply network. The plant is expanding to receive supplies of gas from a new pipeline running in deep water through the Norwegian Sea. The pipeline will allow gas from new fields to be pumped to countries including the UK, France, Belgium and Germany for use in homes and businesses.