Statoil christens Gudrun jacket

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, June 23
-- Statoil christened the 7,400 tonne, 16 well-slot steel jacket for the Gudrun development on June 22 at the Kvaerner Verdal yard in mid-Norway and expects soon to tow the jacket to the field.

The jacket was named Idun, which can mean hidden knowledge in Old Norse, according to Statoil.

Gudrun, discovered with a well (15/3-1 S) drilled in 1974-75, lies in 110 m of water about 55 km north of Sleipner.

The field's reservoirs are at a 4,000-4,700 m depth and contain high pressure and temperature oil and gas in sandstones in the Upper Jurassic Draupne formation and gas in the Middle Jurassic Hugin formation.

A pipeline will connect the Gudrun fixed steel platform to the Sleipner A gravity-based platform.

The reservoirs contain an estimated 132 million boe of recoverable reserves, although because of the reservoir complexity, Statoil said the high and low reserves estimates have an unusually wide range.

Statoil expects to start drilling wells from the platform in October and begin oil and gas production in 2014.

Operator Statoil holds a 75% interest in the field with GDF Suez E&P Norge AS holding the remaining 25%.

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