Norway approves DEA’s Dvalin development plan

DEA Norge’s plan for Development and Operation (PDO) of the Dvalin development has been approved by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

With development costs of estimated 1.1 billion Euros (10 billion Norwegian Kroner), the Dvalin development in the Norwegian Sea was the largest PDO handed over to the Ministry in 2016.

“This approval is a major milestone for the Dvalin project, and we are committed to develop the project and start production in 2020,” said Hans-Hermann Andreae, Managing Director of DEA Norge.

“The Dvalin development creates jobs in Trøndelag, Møre og Romsdal, Rogaland, Østfold and Oslo/Akershus in a time, when activity is needed. We are proud of leading a project that has widespread ripple effects. In addition, the development contributes significantly to DEA’s ambition to further grow our business in Norway,” says Andreae.

Following the handover of the plan for development and operation in October 2016, major contracts were awarded to Aibel, Aker Solutions and Technip Norge AS. Currently, engineering and detailed planning are carried out. Production of the new modules to be placed at the Heidrun platform and the subsea production systems is expected to start later this year.

Dvalin PDO

The Dvalin field, formerly known as Zidane, is located in the Norwegian Sea some 15 kilometers north-west of Heidrun and 290 kilometers from Nyhamna in Mid-Norway. This will be the company’s first operated field development project in Norway.

The Dvalin licensees plan to produce a total volume of approximately 18.2 billion cubic meters of natural gas from two reservoirs. First production is planned for 2020.

The first major gas discovery at the field was reported in September 2010, when a gas-bearing reservoir with a thickness of 150 meters was encountered in the Fangst formation (Dvalin East). A second gas-bearing reservoir with a thickness of 140 meters was discovered in 2012 with a second exploration well (Dvalin West).

Dvalin will be developed with a four wells subsea template, which is connected to the Heidrun platform. At Heidrun, the gas will be partly processed in a new module, before the gas is transported in a new export pipeline to Polarled, going to the Nyhamna onshore gas terminal. At Nyhamna, the gas will be processed and transported to the European market.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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