Statoil reported that the plan for development and operation (PDO) of the North Sea Gudrun field was submitted to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy for approval. The Norwegian Parliament is expected to approve the field development before the summer.
Plans call for Gudrun to be developed with a traditional steel jack-up platform standing on the seabed. The platform will have capacity for partial processing of oil and gas, before the hydrocarbons are piped to Sleipner.
The Gudrun field contains around 132 million barrels of oil equivalent, of which two thirds are oil. High reservoir pressure and temperature call for special technology.
Investment in field installations, pipelines and drilling of production wells will total over US$3.3 billion (nominal).
A contract for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the steel jacket has been awarded to Aker Solutions. Invitations to tender for the other major contracts will be issued in the near future.