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17/10/2012 Preliminary production figures for September 2012 indicate an average daily production of about 1 514 000 barrels of oil, NGL and condensate. This is 318 000 barrels per day less than in August 2012.
Total gas sales were about 6.9 billion Sm3, which is 1.2 billion Sm3 less than the previous month.
The average daily liquid production in September was: 1 243 000 barrels of oil, 205 000 barrels of NGL and 66 000 barrels of condensate.
The total oil production on the Norwegian shelf is 15 per cent below the prognosis for September. This is mainly due to planned maintenance and technical problems on several fields. Both The Valhall and Hod fields have been closed for the whole month due to preparation in front of production start for a new platform. In addition Yme and Skarv should have contributed to the production in September according to the prognosis, but these fields will not contribute to achieve the NPD prognosis for 2012, although production from Skarv is scheduled for December.
The oil production is also about 2.0 percent below the cumulative prognosis this year. Since the prognosis for the remaining year is relatively high, it might be a challenge to meet the oil production target for 2012, comments Jan Bygdevoll, Director Forecasting at the NPD.
The total petroleum production for the first nine months of 2012 is about 168.2 million Sm3 oil equivalents. (MSm3 o.e.), broken down as follows: about 67.7 MSm3 o.e. of oil, about 16.7 MSm3 o.e. of NGL and condensate and about 83.8 MSm3 o.e. of gas for sale. The total volume is 6.8 MSm3 o.e. larger than for the same period 2011.
Final production figures for August 2012 show an average daily production of about 1.498 million barrels of oil, 0.334 million barrels of NGL and condensate, and a total of 8.1 billion Sm3 saleable gas production.
Preliminary production figures for October will be published in November 2012.
Contact in the NPD:
Rune Hult, tel. +47 51 87 60 77