Ormen Lange's Gas Output Affected by Planned Maintenance

Royal Dutch Shell said Thursday that its ongoing maintenance at Ormen Lange, Europe's third-largest gas field, is affecting output, but did not clarify how much production is currently off stream or when the field's output will return to normal rates, Dow Jones reports.

Shell spokeswoman Kitty Eide noted, "We have some planned maintenance ongoing. It started last night or this morning. The kind of maintenance we are doing is something that does have an impact on production."

Located on the Norwegian Continental Shelf in water depths ranging from 2,625 to 3,609 feet, Ormen Lange has estimated recoverable reserves of 14 Tcf (397 Bcm) of natural gas.