North Sea Skarfjell closer to concept decision

Offshore staff

EDINBURGH, UK – Wintershall and its partners expect to choose a concept for the Skarfjell field development offshore Norway this fall, according to Cairn Energy.

At present there is a need for more detailed technical studies, Cairn added.

Possibilities are thought to include a subsea tieback to the ENGIE-operated Gjøa field and a standalone floating solution.

Earlier this year the company was awarded five new licenses, including its first as operator for PL 842 in the North Sea, containing the Storhaug prospect.

Last year, Cain participated in the Kraken West appraisal well in the UK northern North Sea which confirmed the presence of oil, with potential for upside. Evaluation of the results continues.

In the Greater Catcher area of the UK central North Sea, Cairn relinquished the Bonneville satellite oil as changes in UK tax allowances meant the field was no longer commercially viable. Elsewhere in the sector, the company will participate in the Laverda exploration well this spring.

Offshore Western Sahara, Cairn says discussions are ongoing with Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) for a new Boujdour Maritime contract area. Kosmos is operator with a 55% interest, in partnership with ONHYM and Cairn.


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