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BP turns on taps at Skarv offshore Norway

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STAVANGER, Norway – BP has started production from the Skarv field in the Norwegian Sea.

Skarv, discovered in 1998, is 210 km (130 mi) offshore Sandnessjøen on the Norwegian west coast in water depths of 350-450 m (1,148-1,476 ft). BP is aiming to recover about 100 MMbbl of oil and condensate and more than 1.5 tcf (42.5 bcm) of rich gas over the field’s anticipated 25-year lifespan.

Development is based around a 295 m (968 ft) long, 51 m (167 ft) wide turret-moored FPSO with 875,000-bbl storage capacity, connected to 13 risers and ultimately receiving production from 16 wells connected to five subsea drilling templates. Gas is exported through an 80-km (49.7-mi) 26-in. spur line connected to the Gassled transportation system. Liquids are offloaded to a shuttle tanker.

Within six months, production is expected to reach about 125,000 boe/d and build toward 165,000 boe/d by year end.

BP Norway has a 23.84% interest, in partnership with Statoil (36.17%), PGNiG Norway (11.92%), and E.ON E&P Norge (8.08%).

Skarv extends over licenses PL159, PL212, PL212B, and PL262 (part blocks 6507/6, 6507/5, 6507/3, and 6507/2).

01/02/2013

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