The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s 2009 IOR award to FMC Technologies

02/06/2010 FMC Technologies is the winner of the NPD’s award for improved oil recovery for 2009. The company receives the award for having demonstrated the courage and determination to invest in technology which increases production from seabed wells.

The award is granted in particular for the well control system developed by FMC Technologies in cooperation with Statoil for safe and pressure-controlled drilling of sidetracks through existing seabed wells.

NPD director general Bente Nyland handed over the award during the Norwegian Petroleum Association’s conference in Stavanger on 2 June.

FMC and Statoil have tested the technology on the Åsgard field in the Norwegian Sea in 2009 in the well P-4H, where the world’s longest Through Tubing Rotary Drilling (TTRD) sidetrack from a floating drilling facility was drilled.

”FMC has carried out focused work to develop cost-efficient solutions to improve recovery from seabed wells since 1999. The company has invested significant resources to achieve this – without any guarantee of commercial success. The record well at Åsgard shows that FMC has developed a technology that works,” comments NPD director general Bente Nyland.

At present, there are more than 700 seabed wells in the Norwegian shelf, and the number is rising. Drilling cost-efficient sidetracks provides great opportunities for improving recovery from fields with seabed wells.  

FMC has invested its own funds and accepted risk within a key area for the Norwegian shelf. Some of the expenses have been covered by oil companies and the Demo 2000 technology program.

”There are major opportunities for increasing production from seabed wells with improved maintenance and more efficient technology,” Nyland states. The average recovery rate for oil from seabed fields is lower than for fields with platform solutions, due to factors such as lack of cost-efficient technologies for well maintenance and drilling of sidetracks.

In 2009, 34 per cent of Norwegian oil production came from seabed wells.

The IOR award was first presented in 1998. The NPD’s IOR award is intended to recognise creativity, resolve and willingness to assume risk in connection with applying methods and technology that can improve recovery beyond what can be expected from existing plans and methods.

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Updated: 02/06/2010