Norway Taps A Vast Underwater Vein...But Europe Is Still Ravenous For Gas

It's taller than the world's tallest building, Chicago's Sears Tower. At 678,000 metric tons, it's the heaviest object ever transported by man, having been built in a fjord off Stavanger, Norway, and towed to its site by 10 tugs. Now it sits in 308 meters of water in the North Sea. On Oct. 1, it will start pumping riches into Norway's coffers in the form of natural gas from deep under the continental shelf, marking a turn in Norway's economy from reliance on petroleum to gas.

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