Statoil launches two more fast-track projects off Norway

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Mar. 29
-- Gamma-Harepus and the Snorre B template are two new fast-track projects off Norway launched by Statoil.

Statoil expects to submit a plan for development and operation (PDO) of Gamma-Harepus gas-condensate fields, Production License 312, to Norwegian authorities in first quarter 2012 and to start producing the fields in fourth-quarter 2013 at the same time as the Snorre B template.

Statoil's plan calls for tying back Gamma-Harepus wells 8 km north to template B on the Mikkel gas-condensate field that produces via the Midgard field to the Asgard B semisubmersible production facility.

Harepus's 2009 discovery well 6407/6-7S was drilled in 247 m of water to a 3,162-m TD in the Early Jurassic. The well found hydrocarbons in the Middle Jurassic.

The Gamma discovery well 6407/6-6 was drilled in 2008 to a 2,508 m TD in the Middle Jurassic and encountered rich gas in the Middle Jurassic Fangst group.

The company estimates that Gamma-Harepus contain about 3 billion cu m of gas and 0.7 million cu m of condensate.

Operator Statoil holds a 59% interest in Production License 312. Partners are Eni Norge AS 17%, and ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Norway AS 24%.

The Snorre B template will tie back 5 km northeast to the Snorre B semisubmersible production facility. Statoil estimates that it will recover about 5 million cu m of oil from the development.

Operator Statoil has a 33.32% interest in Snorre B. Partners are Petoro AS 30 %, ExxonMobil E&P Norway 11.58%, Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS 9.6%, RWE Dea Norge AS 8.28%, Total E&P Norge 6.18%, and Hess Norge 1.04%.

Statoil aims to have about five fast-track fields in operation by yearend 2012 to early 2013 and to maintain this level of start ups in coming years.

Its list of planned fast-track projects now includes Visund South (Pan-Pandora), Katla, Vigdis Northeast, Gygrid, Fossekall and Dompap, Vilje South, Visund North, Gamma-Harepus, and Snorre B template.

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