Statoil commits to develop Vilje South extension

Statoil and its partners in the producing Vilje oilfield have committed to develop Vilje South.

Offshore staff

STAVANGER, Norway – Statoil and its partners in the producing Vilje oilfield have committed to develop Vilje South. This is an extension to the main field that was included in Vilje’s original plan for development and operation.

Vilje is north of Heimdal in 120 m (393 ft) of water in the northern Norwegian North Sea. A third production well is planned to develop Vilje South.

Development will comprise a standard subsea template with a single well, tied back for processing to Marathon’s Alvheim field facilities to the southwest via a 19-km (11.8-mi) flowline and umbilicals.

Aker Solutions has been awarded a $38-million EPC contract for the subsea production system.

The scope of work includes a subsea tree, satellite production flowbase and protection structure, subsea production control system, wellhead system, remote connection system, and a 150-m (492-ft) static umbilical. The contract is an extension to the subsea production system that Aker delivered to the Vilje field in 2006.

Fabrication and manufacturing will be performed in Tranby, Moss, and Egersund in Norway, and in Aberdeen in the UK, with final deliveries due in spring 2013.

Development drilling is planned in two stages, starting in spring 2013 and due for completion that fall, with a view to achieving first oil in late 2013.

Statoil estimates Vilje South’s recoverable reserves at 7.6 MMboe, mostly crude. The total investment will be around $187 million.

“This is our sixth fasttrack investment decision in 2011,” says Halfdan Knudsen, head of projects in Statoil’s field development business cluster for Norway. “That leaves only one more of these projects due to be decided upon before the end of the year, namely Visund North.”

New projects added to Statoil’s fasttrack portfolio are Fram H North and Svalin C, he added. “Plans call for the first five fasttrack projects to be brought onstream by the end of 2012 or in early 2013.”

11/28/2011

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