Franpipe Gas Pipeline

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Franpipe Gas Pipeline is a gas pipeline running from the North Sea to France.[1]


The pipeline runs from the Draupner E riser in the North Sea to the a receiving terminal in Dunkirk, France.[2][3]

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Project Details

  • Owner: Gassled (65%), GDF SUEZ (35%)
  • Operator: Gassco AS[2]
  • Current capacity: 20.1 billion cubic meters per year
  • Proposed capacity:
  • Length: 840 kilometers[2]
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1998[2]


This 42-inch gas pipeline runs for 840 kilometres from the Draupner E riser facility in the North Sea to a receiving terminal at Dunkirk in France. The Gassled partnership owns 65 per cent of the terminal, while GDF SUEZ owns 35 per cent. The pipeline became operational in 1998. Franpipe has a capacity of about 54 million scm per day. It has been built for an operating life of 50 years. The total investment at start-up was approximately NOK 10.6 billion[4]

Articles and resources


  1. Franpipe, Gassco, accessed March, 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy; Source: Gassco AS (March 19, 2020). "Gas pipelines on the Norwegian continental shelf". Norwegian Petroleum. Retrieved October 12, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. "TUF - Main piplelines. The dataset contains not infield pipelines". Norwegian Petroleum Directorate - Open data. Retrieved October 13, 2021. {{cite web}}: External link in |location= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. Pipelines and Onshore Facilities, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy,2009

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