Norwegian oil giant Statoil has suspended production from the Njord and Hyme fields, offshore Norway, due to a planned upgrade work.
Statoil is the operator of the Njord and Hyme fields located in the Norwegian Sea with 20% and 35% interests, respectively. Faroe Petroleum is a licensees in both fields with a 7.5% interest in each field.
According to Faroe Petroleum’s project update on Thursday, the production from the fields has been suspended and the Njord A platform will be towed to shore for refurbishment and modification.
Offshore Energy Today has reached out to Statoil seeking confirmation of Faroe’s report and further details on the scope of work on the Njord A platform. The company’s spokesperson confirmed the production was stopped due to a scheduled upgrade project of the Njord A platform.
Statoil awarded the contract for upgrading of the Njord A semi-submersible platform to Kvaerner in April with the platform expected to be quayside at Stord in August.
The production stop, initially planned for the end of May 2016, is due to the Njord Future Project that includes re-development of the Njord and Hyme fields, development of the Snilehorn field, and potentially further fields in the area. The production is planned to start in 2019.
According to Faroe’s report from February, the final investment decision (FID) and field development plan (FDP) submission for the Njord Future Project is scheduled for 4Q 2016.
The Njord field started production in 1997 and has been developed with a floating production steel platform, Njord A, which has an integrated deck with drilling and processing facilities, as well as living quarters. The oil from Njord is transported by pipeline from the platform to the storage vessel Njord Bravo, which is anchored right next to the platform.
The Hyme field, discovered in 2009, consists of a subsea system that ties back to the Njord A platform, which is located 19 kilometres away. The field has been developed with a production well and a water injection well via a subsea template with four well slots. The production started in February 2013.
Faroe also revealed on Thursday it has made an oil and gas discovery in its operated Brasse exploration well in licence PL740 located in the Norwegian section of the North Sea.
Offshore Energy Today Staff