September 2006

08/11/2006 Press Release 32/2006: September production from the Norwegian shelf amounted to 18.5 million standard cubic metres of oil equivalents (Sm3 o.e). This is 2.0 million Sm3 o.e. lower than production in September 2005.

Average daily production in September was approximately 2,221,000 bbls oil, about 235,000 bbls NGL and about 117,000 bbls condensate.  Low production figures in September are due to planned maintenance shutdowns on several fields.

Oil Gas Condensate NGL Sum
Period mill.Sm3 bill.Sm3 mill.Sm3 mill.Sm3 mill.Sm3o.e.
September 2006 10.6 6.2 0.6 1.1 18.5
September 2005 12.1 6.6 0.6 1.2 20.5
Difference -1.5 -0.4 0.0 -0.1 -2.0

Total production so far in 2006 is approx. 185.0 million Sm3 o.e., which is 6.4 million Sm3 o.e. lower than the same period last year.

Oil Gas Condensate NGL Sum
Period mill.Sm3 bill.Sm3 mill.Sm3 mill.Sm3 mill.Sm3o.e
Jan-Sep 2006 101.5 64.1 7.2 12.2 185.0
Jan-Sep 2005 111.7 61.8 6.3 11.5 191.4
Difference -10.2 2.3 0.9 0.7 -6.4

The preliminary production forecast for October 2006 shows an average daily production of approx. 2.250 million bbls oil and 0.511 million bbls NGL (Natural Gas Liquids) and condensate.

Low production in October is due to a planned maintenance shutdown on the Tordis field, as well as a number of unplanned shutdowns on several fields.  This includes an estimated production shortfall from the Snorre, Vigdis, Heidrun and Draugen fields of about 3.2 million bbls oil.  Final production figures will be published at the beginning of December 2006.

Please note that the table showing updated production figures for the Norwegian shelf has now been moved to the NPD’s fact pages.  The presentation now provides a complete history by field and for the entire shelf by month and by year.

Contact in the NPD
Rune Hult, tel.: +47 51876077.

Updated: 17/12/2009