Equinor granted life extension for two North Sea fields

Equinor has received consents from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to use the facilities on the Vigdis and Tordis fields – both located in the North Sea off Norway – beyond their original operating life. 

Source: Equinor

Consent for operation of the Vigdis field expires on March 9, 2024. In order to recover the remaining reserves from the field, Equinor, the operator, has applied for consent to extend the operating life of the facilities on the field.

In a report on Tuesday, the PSA said it had granted consent for the use of the facilities on the Vigdis field until December 31, 2040.

Vigdis is a field located in the Tampen area in the northern part of the North Sea, between the Snorre, Statfjord, and Gullfaks fields. The water depth in the area is 280 meters. Vigdis was discovered in 1986, and the plan for development and operation (PDO) was approved in 1994. The field has been developed with seven subsea templates and two satellite wells connected to the Snorre A platform. Production started in 1997.

Consent for operation of the Tordis field expires on December 31, 2019. In order to recover the remaining reserves from the field, Equinor has applied for consent to extend the operating life of the facilities on the field.

The safety authority has now granted consent for the use of the facilities on the Tordis field until December 31, 2036.

Tordis is a field in the Tampen area in the northern part of the North Sea, between the Statfjord and Gullfaks fields. The water depth in the area is 150-220 meters. Tordis was discovered in 1987, and the plan for development and operation (PDO) was approved in 1991.

The field has been developed with a central subsea manifold tied-back to Gullfaks C, which also supplies water for injection. Seven single-well satellites and two subsea templates are tied-back to the manifold. Production started in 1994.


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