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.”
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.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has conducted a mapping of gas resources that, for various reasons, have yet to be developed. Several of these discoveries could be produced in a manner that is profitable from a socio-economic perspective.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Harbour Energy Norge AS drilling permit for well 15/9-25 in production licence 1138, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is changing its name to the Norwegian Offshore Directorate as of 1 January 2024. The new name reflects the additional responsibilities assigned to the directorate in recent years.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor Energy ASA drilling permit for well 35/11-28 S in production licence 248 C, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Neptune Energy Norge AS drilling permit for well 35/6-4 A in production licence 929, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.