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Country Norway, France
From Draupner E riser platform
Passes through North Sea
To Port Ouest, Dunkirk, France
General information
Type Natural gas
Owner Gassled
Operator Gassco
Technical service provider Statoil
Commissioned 1998
Technical information
Length 840 km (520 mi)
Maximum discharge 19.6 billion cubic meters per year
Diameter 42 in (1,067 mm)

The Franpipe is a 840 kilometres (520 mi) long natural gas pipeline from the Draupner E riser in the North Sea to the receiving terminal at Port Ouest in Dunkirk, France. The gas transported to France originates mainly from Sleipner East and Troll Vest gas fields. The pipeline was officially inaugurated on 9 October 1998.

The diameter of pipeline is 42 inches (1,100 mm) and the capacity is 19.6 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year. It cost 10.6 billion NOK.[1] The pipeline is owned by Gassled partners and operated by Gassco. The technical service provider is Statoil.

The Dunkirk receiving terminal is owned by the Gassled partners (65%) and GDF Suez (35%).[1] The Dunkirk terminal is operated by Gassco from Gassco's Zeebrugge control center.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Pipelines and onshore facilities". Facts 2009. The Norwegian Petroleum Sector (PDF). Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. 2009. p. 196. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  2. ^ Kvadsheim, Erik (2003-12-12). "Gassco: Transporting Gas from NCS to Europe". Scandinavian Oil-Gas Magazine. Scandinavian Oil-Gas Online. ISSN 1500-709X. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 

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