STAVANGER, Norway – The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has issued consent for start-up of the Wintershall Dea-operated Dvalin field in the Norwegian Sea. The operator expects start up in November/December.
Located in production license PL435, it consists of two structures 3.5 km (2.2 mi) apart, Dvalin East and Dvalin West.
The wellstream will be sent to the Heidrun field, which is 15 km (9.3 mi) southeast of Dvalin, for further processing and export. The gas will be exported via the Polarled pipeline into Nyhamna in central Norway. The condensate will be routed to the existing process plant on Heidrun and onward via the Heidrun storage ship to tankers for further transport to an oil refinery.
“The development of Dvalin is a textbook example of good utilization of existing infrastructure in the area,” said Tove Francke, Assistant Director for Development and Operations in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.
Dvalin was planned as a development with four vertical production wells, two for the eastern part and two for the western part of the field. Drilling and completion of the four production wells started in August 2019 and is now complete.
Wintershall Dea estimates that it can recover 18 bcm of gas from Dvalin. Its investment projection for the development is about NOK 11 billion ($1.2 billion).