by Andreas Exarheas
Monday, October 15, 2018
The North Sea Oseberg Vestflanken 2 field came online on October 14.
The North Sea Oseberg Vestflanken 2 field, which is said to contain recoverable resources of 110 million barrels of oil equivalent, came online on October 14, Equinor revealed Monday.
The field is utilizing the first unmanned platform on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, Oseberg H, which is being remote operated from the Oseberg field center.
Delivered at $795 million (NOK 6.5 billion), the project came in at more than 20 percent lower than the cost estimate of the plan for development and operation, Equinor highlighted.
“With Oseberg H we take a huge technological leap forward. The fully automatic, unmanned and remote-operated platform is digitalization in practice and I am proud of Equinor and its partners having chosen this in-house developed solution,” Anders Opedal, Equinor’s executive vice president for technology, projects and drilling, said in a company statement.
Arne Sigve Nylund, Equinor’s executive vice president for development and production in Norway, said, “with the Oseberg Vestflanken 2 development we keep expanding the massive infrastructure at the Oseberg field.”
“This is a key contribution to renewing and securing long-term NCS activity,” he added.
Oseberg H is Equinor’s smallest platform, with a topside of just over 1,000 tons, according to a video posted on Equinor’s website.
The Oseberg field center includes three platforms, Oseberg A, B and D – connected to one another with bridges – in the southern part of the Oseberg field, and the Oseberg C platform, which lies 8 miles north of the field center.
Partners in the Oseberg Vestflanken 2 production license comprise Equinor (49.3 percent), Petoro (33.6 percent), Total E&P Norge AS (14.7 percent) and ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS (2.4 percent). The field has an estimated production life until 2040.
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