Shell has decided not to continue with its plans to develop the Linnorm discovery in the Norwegian North Sea as a standalone gas field.

The supermajor, which holds a 30% operating interest in the field, will scrap plans for an unmanned floating production platform at the challenging field as it considers other development options.

“After discussions between the partners, the Linnorm licence will not continue to further mature a standalone development concept,” Shell told Reuters last week.

“The partners in the licence will now evaluate alternative ways forward.”