PSA sanctions three North Sea development operations

June 26, 2019
Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway – Equinor has permission from Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to use the processing platform for the Johan Sverdrup Phase 1 development in the North Sea.

This was the third of four platforms to be installed at the field center: production is due to begin during 4Q.

Currently the various facilities and installations for Phase 1 are being prepared and completed for operation.

In the northern Norwegian North Sea, Norske Shell expects to initiate operation of a gas lift system for the Knarr field this August, following the PSA’s approval.

Knarr produces through an FPSO in 400 m (1,312 ft) water depth, connected to six production/injection wells via two subsea templates. Previous operator BG started production in 2015.

Finally, the PSA has authorized Aker BP to use Odfjell’s semisub Deepsea Nordkapp for drilling the 25/1-S-1 H production well (with two lateral bores) on the Skogul field in the central North Sea, 30 km (18.6 mi) northeast of the company’s Alvheim field complex.

The well will be tied to the Alvheim FPSO via the satellite Vilje field facilities. Drilling is due to start on July 26 and last for 85 days.