Statoil has stated that it plans to develop the Snefrid Nord gas discovery in the Norwegian Sea and has submitted supplementary plans to those it has already provided for the Aasta Hansteen field.
The organisation explained that it will tie the Snefrid Nord development back to Aasta Hansteen, adding that it hopes the discovery will come on-stream in 2019.
It is estimated that there is some five billion cubic metres of gas that’s recoverable in this discovery, with Statoil estimating that it will have a lifespan of five to six years. When it’s active, it is expected to deliver four million cubic metres of gas a day.
The Aasta Hansteen field is one of the most important in Statoil’s portfolio and the additional discovery at Snefrid Nord back in 2015 was hailed as a boost for the area when it was announced.
At the time of the discovery, Statoil’s vice president for the Aasta Hansteen project Torolf Christensen, said that the company would look into tying it up with the existing infrastructure, noting that the discovery made the whole development “more robust” and would prolong its production plateau.
Mr Christensen, now the project director for Snefrid Nord and Aasta Hansteen, said the firm is “pleased” to see this gas discovery resulting in “spin-offs and activities at Helgelandskysten”.
To access the Snefrid Nord discovery, a single-slot subsea template, suction anchor and umbilicals will be among the equipment utilised. All of this will be provided by the original suppliers for the Aasta Hansteen field – Aker Solutions and Subsea 7 – which is viewed as a positive for the project as it will be able to “capture synergies”.
Accessing new gas discoveries in locations like the Norwegian Sea is important for Europe, where much of the fuel will be heading. Senior vice president for operations north at Statoil Siri Espedal Kindem described Aasta Hansteen as a “strategically important development”.
“The projects also establish a new infrastructure, which will create opportunities for future field development projects in the area. Snefrid Nord is an excellent example of this,” she added.
As well as working on this new development in the Norwegian Sea, Statoil is embarking on exploration activities around the UK this month. The company will be using a semi-submersible rig to drill three wells in the hope of making new discoveries.
If resources are discovered, the first well to be drilled could help the Mariner Field grow. The second well is exploring opportunities on the margins of the Viking Graben, while the final well will target the Verbier opportunity in the Moray Firth region.
Statoil is hoping to complete all the work on all three locations within three months, with Jenny Morris, vice president for exploration in the UK, explaining that the firm is hoping to “make discoveries that can add value to existing projects and also provide the resource necessary for new developments in the UKCS”.
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