The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted its consent to start-up of the Utgard field in the North Sea.
Operator Equinor is planning start-up during autumn 2019.
The field is located on the border with the UK, and the Norwegian share is 62 per cent. Consent for start-up of Utgard is granted to the licensees in production licences 046E and 046F on the Norwegian shelf and in production licence 312 on the UK shelf.
Positive utilisation of capacity
The production will take place from two wells from a subsea template linked to the Sleipner T process platform with a pipeline and a communications cable. Modifications have also been made on Sleipner T in order to process the wellstream from Utgard.
Investments in the field development total close to NOK 3 billion.
“Utgard contributes to utilise available capacity on Sleipner, which is positive. The project ensures good and cost-effective utilisation of the facilities and the process capacity on Sleipner,” says Tove Francke, Assistant director for development and operations, North Sea south.
“We expect Utgard will create value both for the Norwegian society and for the Utgard and Sleipner licensees,” Francke adds.
Equinor estimates the expected total sales volume at 1.71 million Sm³ condensate, 2.73 billion Sm³ gas and 0.56 million tonnes NGL.
The Utgard field was proven in 1982 and the PDO was approved in early 2017.
There are vast proven gas resources on the Norwegian shelf which are currently without development plans. Much of this gas is located in tight reservoirs – which makes it difficult to produce.
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