Topsides issues slow North Sea Hejre project

Offshore staff

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – DONG Energy says development of the Hejre oil field in the Danish North Sea continues to be held up by delays affecting the consortium that will deliver the platform.

The company continues to push for first oil production in 2017, and says development drilling is proceeding as planned, with the first two production wells – completed in the first half of the year by the jackup Maersk Resolve – confirming the potential of the area.

DONG and its partners approved the project in February 2012, and originally targeted start-up in late 2015, according to analyst ScanBoss. The delays will likely increase capex above the approved figure of DKr 12.1 bn ($1.79 billion).

The 170-MMboe field is under development via a manned platform with five production wells, production capacity of 76 MMcf/d (2.1 MMcm/d) and 35,000 b/d of liquids, and accommodation for 70. Oil and NGLs are due to be exported by a 90-km (55.9-mi), 10-in. pipeline to the Gorm E platform, and onward to the Fredericia terminal on the Jutland coast.

Gas is to be exported through a 24-km (14.9-mi), 12-in. line connecting to the Arne South-Nybro pipeline. Saipem’s lay-barge Castoro 6 installed the export pipelines last summer.

Heerema in Vlissingen completed the 7,600-ton jacket which was subsequently installed in May 2014 by the crane-barge Hermod. The problems relate to the 11,500-ton topsides, commissioned from the Technip/DSME joint venture under an engineering, procurement, and construction contract.

DSME is also building the living quarter module at its ShinHan yard. Due to delays in supplier deliveries, delivery is now set for 2016.

DONG adds that it expects first gas from the Total-operated Laggan-Tormore project west of Shetland later this year.


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