OSLO, Norway – Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has sanctioned the planned start-up later this month of the Edvard Grieg field facilities in the North Sea.
The location is 35 km (21.7 mi) south of the Grane and Balder field in a water depth of around 110 m (361 ft). Operator Lundin Norway has commissioned a steel jacket platform.
Currently more than 600 personnel are working on the platform, Lundin said, with 80% of the commissioning and hook-up work completed.
The flotel Safe Boreas which was bridge-linked to the platform in July will remain on location until these activities are finished.
At present, the jackup Rowan Viking rig is being used for additional accommodation relation to this program, but will recommence development drilling shortly, with a third production well due to be ready around year-end.
Lundin expects the field to achieve plateau production during the second half of 2016. Development drilling will continue into 2018.
Production from Lundin’s Brynhild has been ahead of forecast due to better than expected facilities uptime on the host Haewene Brim FPSO, based on Shell’s Pierce field in the UK sector. A third and final production well was put on production in late August.
The water injection system has been successfully tested and should start operating later this year. However, uptime performance remains a concern due to continuing unplanned production shutdowns.
In addition, an earlier than expected water cut has led to a lower plateau production level than the original target of 12,000 b/d of oil. Early indications from pressure data suggest the development wells may be connected to lower volumes than anticipated.
Next year Lundin plans to re-enter its recent Alta-3 appraisal well in the Barents Sea to perform a production test, and also expects to drill two further appraisal wells on the Alta structure.
The company has strengthened its position in this region by assuming operatorship of license PL533 to the west, which is also on trend with Statoil’s Johan Castberg discovery.
Lundin plans at least one more exploration well next year in the southern Barents Sea, and two in the Utsira High area of the North Sea. One (operated) on PL544 will target the Fosen prospect; the other will be a non-operated well in PL265 on the Present prospect northwest of the Johan Sverdrup field.
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