STAVANGER, Norway– Statoil ASA has permanently shut down Huldra in the Norwegian North Sea. The field, which came online on Nov. 21, 2001, produced a total of 17,5 GSm3 of wet gas – a recovery rate of 80%.
The first Statoil-operated platform without permanent staffing, Huldra was operated from the Veslefrikk B platform located around 9 mi (16 km) away. It is also the first gravity-based, Statoil-operated installation in the North Sea to be shut down permanently.
The Huldra platform will be regularly maintained until theWest Epsilon drilling rig arrives at the field in 2016 for permanent well plugging, and project activities will also be carried out during this period. Huldra will not be fully decommissioned before 2019 and no later than 2021.