Development of the Ærfugl gas and condensate field in the Norwegian Sea is planned in two phases. The authorities have given start-up consent to the operator Aker BP to start production from Phase 1.
All production on Ærfugl will be tied in to Skarv, situated 210 kilometres west of Sandnessjøen in Nordland county. Aker BP and the other licensees plan to complete the Ærfugl development with the remaining two wells in Phase two.
Ærfugl was proven in 2000. The plan for development and operation (PDO) for the development was approved in April 2018. Export of gas from Skarv will be postponed to obtain capacity for the Ærfugl gas on Skarv FPSO. This will contribute to improved oil recovery on Skarv.
Niels Erik Hald, the NPD’s assistant director for development and operations, says “it’s positive that production from Ærfugl Phase 1 will start as planned.”
The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has announced a temporary appointment, naming Torgeir Stordal (60) as Director General of the NPD from 30 June and until a new Director General of the NPD is hired.