Norgron Pipeline project

Client: Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV (NAM)
Application: Third-party inspection services to the Norgon pipeline project
Project scope: Inspection services from manufacturing to laying

NAM is the leading producer of natural gas in the Netherlands, accounting for 74% of total Dutch production. Lloyd’s Register Energy was involved in providing design appraisal and third-party inspection services to its Norgron pipeline project, which connects the Groningen gas field and NAM’s Norg storage facility in Langelo through a 30km, 120-centimetre diameter pipeline.

We provided third–party inspection services, starting with the pipeline fabrication in China and manufacturing of the bend material in Europe, to the build phase which included testing welds according to the ITP (inspection test plan) set up by our appraisal department involving visual examinations and non-destructive testing.

Watch the video below for more information about this project.


Here we are here at the Kieviterij, where the Norgron pipeline enters the underground. My name is Max Klein, Materials and Corrosion Engineer for NAM in Groningen

This project is unique because we are dealing with a relatively large diameter of the pipeline. As well as the finishing of the field welds.

My name is Koos Smid. I am involved with the inspections of the welds according to the test and inspection plan as set up by our appraisal department. After the weld is finished, the weld are visually examined, non destructive examined and coated. Then the weld train continues to the next weld fit-up.

Lloyd’s Register was monitoring during pipeline fabrication in China and also during the manufacturing of bend material in Europe. We know we know we can rely on Lloyd’s Register when it comes down to expert advice.