There are 40 well slots on the platform, of which five have been pre-drilled.
Development drilling will continue for several years, according to operations manager Rune Woie. “We are…focused on optimizing the drilling operations as well as making them more efficient.”
The new platform was installed earlier this year and will be mechanically completed before year-end. ConocoPhillips aims to start production in 2015.
Goals of the Eldfisk II project include increasing recovery and maintaining service from the remotely operated Embla field, which is tied into Eldfisk via a pipeline. Eldfisk, an oil field which also contains gas, is the second largest field in the Greater Ekofisk Area, and is around 20 km (12.4 mi) southwest of Ekofisk.
At the Ekofisk complex, ConocoPhillips has awarded Stavanger-based Rosenberg WorleyParsons an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation contract to increase capacity. Contract value is around $144 million.