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Statoil and GDF-Suez in 20 years extension at Norwegian Njord field

Statoil & GDF-Suez consider platform or FPSO at Njord

2B1st_Project_Smart_Explorer_Sales_Pursuit_ToolThe Norwegian company Statoil and its partners, GDF-Suez from France, E.ON from Germany, Faroe Petroleum (Faroe) from UK, and VNG Norge from Norway, are currently investigating several alternatives to extend the lifetime of the Njord field for additional twenty years.

The current Njord A semi-submersible platform started operations in 1997 with the objective to produce oil and gas during 25 years.

Unfortunately the structure of the Njord A platform suffered faster than expected from fatigue effects on the beams.

On July 2013, Statoil and its partners shut down the Njord A platform to proceed to an entire structure inspection and integrity analysis confirming the poor state of the platform.

As a consequence, Statoil and its partners decided to revamp this structure while still in operations but with number of restrictions.

This revamping process is planned to last until summer 2014 and requires the operator to stop production and evacuate up to the 100 crew members at each weather alert.

In this Njord field, the partners share the working interests such as:

Statoil_GDF-Suez_EON_Faroe_VNG_Njord_Re-development_FPSO_Map – Statoil 20% is the operator

 – GDF-Suez 40%

 – E.ON 30%

 – Faroe 7.5%

 – VNG Norge 2.5%

In parallel to this emergency revamping program, Statoil and its partners have decided to investigate alternative solutions for the longer term in Njord oil and gas field.

Njord is located 130 kilometers northwest of Kristiansund in the Blocks 6407/7 and 6407/10.

After 16 years in operation, Njord still holds significant oil and gas reserves, especially due to Statoil significant improvement in recovery rates.

Next to Njord, Statoil operates satellite fields such as Hyme and is planning neighboring development with North West Flank and Snilehorn.

Only Snilehorn discovery could contribute to add 55 to 100 million barrels of reserves to Njord.

In this context of good news, the Njord weakening structure comes an opportunity for Statoil and its partners to re-think the whole development scheme in the area.

Statoil and GDF-Suez explore 3 alternatives for Njord

Currently the oil export process is cascaded from the Njord A semi-submersible platform down to the storage vessel Njord Bravo through a pipeline, then to a tower buoy to load oil tankers.

The storage vessel has a capacity of 110,000 cubic meters.

Statoil_GDF-Suez_EON_Faroe_VNG_Njord_FPSOThe natural gas is transported by an export pipeline connected 40 kilometers away to the Asgard transport pipeline, then it feeds a gas processing facility in Karsto, Norway.

In this context, Statoil and its partners are investigating alternatives solutions including:

 – Maintain Njord A semi-submersible platform as long as possible and think how to develop other resources separately.

 – Shore the Norjd A platform for entire structure reinforcement or replacement of the hull

 – Replace the current Njord A platform by a new one or a floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

Whatever Statoil and its partners, GDF-Suez, E.ON, Faroe and VNG Norge, will decide, the selected solution is expected to maintain Njord oil and gas field production until 2030.

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