STAVANGER, Norway – Statoil has initiated production from the Smørbukk South Extension project in the Norwegian Sea.
The oil and gas reserves of around 16.5 MMboe will be produced from the Åsgard A FPSO.
Statoil added that the tight formations called for drilling long well sections and introduction of new completion technology.
The field, discovered in 1985, but was considered sub-commercial due to poor reservoir conditions.
“Very few offshore fields have been developed with such low permeability under normal pressure conditions,” said asset owner representative, Ove Andre Pettersen.
Statoil’s solution was to drill a multi-lateral production well with roughly 5,200 m (17,060 ft) reservoir exposure.
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