Life extension for Shell’s Draugen (Norway)

A/S Norske Shell has received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway to extend the lifetime of the Draugen platform, in the Norwegian Sea. 

Draugen is an oil field in the Norwegian Sea, around 150 km north of Kristiansund. A/S Norske Shell (Shell) is the field’s operator.

Production on the field began in October 1993. When Draugen started production in 1993, the field had an estimated life between 17 and 20 years and an estimated recovery rate of under 40%. Draugen has since more than doubled its recoverable reserves, increased production, and is now one of the Norwegian fields with the highest recovery rate of around 70%.

The field has been developed using a fixed concrete platform with an integrated deck. Deposits in the vicinity are produced by subsea wells tied back to the Draugen platform.

According to the PSA, Shell believes there are grounds for producing from Draugen after the production licence expires in 2023 and wishes to apply to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy to extend the production licence. However, the PSA is unable to grant consent for operations beyond the term of the current production licence.

Shall has therefore received consent to extend the lifetime of the Draugen facility to March 9, 2023, the PSA concludes.

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