North Sea Brynhild field nears start-up
Lundin Petroleum’s Brynhild field development in the Norwegian North Sea should deliver first oil next month.
The subsea template, manifolds, production, and injection flowlines are all installed. The first of four development wells has been completed and is ready for production. Drilling of the second production well is under way.
The hostHaewene Brim FPSO has been re-moored at Shell’s Pierce field on the UK side of the North Sea median line, and new production risers have been hooked-up. Topside modification and life extension work on the floater is nearing completion.
In the central Norwegian North Sea, Lundin’s Edvard Grieg field development is progressing on schedule for start-up in 4Q 2015. The platform’s jacket, built by Kvaerner Verdal in Norway, has been installed offshore.
Kvaerner is also building the topsides, which should be completed toward year-end followed by offshore installation in summer 2015.
The 43-m (26.7-mi) long pipeline taking Edvard Grieg’s oil to Statoil’s Grane complex will be installed in 2015 while the 94-km (58.4-mi) long gas pipeline to the UK’s Sage Beryl gas system will be laid this summer. Statoil will operate both pipelines, which will be jointly owned by the license partners in Edvard Grieg PL338 and Ivar Aasen PL001B/PL028B/PL242.
The jackupRowan Viking will start development drilling later this year, drilling 15 wells in total. An appraisal well is also under way in the southeastern part of the Edvard Grieg reservoir.
Production from Marathon’s Alvheim field, where Lundin is a partner, has been better than forecast despite the need to shut in the FPSO and two production wells due to weather/well integrity issues.
Following workovers, both wells are back in service. A third producer well shut in last November will undergo a workover this September and should be back online early next year.
Drilling of a new infill well on Alvheim will begin in 4Q, again coming onstream in early 2015. Thereafter the partners plan to add two more infill wells.
The Bøyla field is being developed as a 28-km (17.4-mi) subsea tieback to the Alvheim FPSO with two producer wells and one water injector well. The production manifold has been installed and the semisubTransocean Winner rig has started drilling the first producer. Lundin anticipates first oil in 1Q 2015, with plateau production from the field of 20,000 boe/d.
This year Lundin plans to drill five more exploration wells offshore Norway. Work on the Alta prospect in the Barents Sea will start this summer, to be followed by appraisal of last year’s Gohta discovery to the southwest.
Also in 3Q a well should spud on the Storm prospect in northern Norwegian North Sea license PL555, and in the same quarter, a well should be drilled on the Vollgrav structure in PL631, between the Statfjord and Gullfaks fields.
Later in the year, Lundin plans wells on Lindarormen in PL584 in the Norwegian Sea, south of the Asgard field and southwest of Draugen, and on Kopervik in the Utsira High region of the North Sea, northwest of the Johan Sverdrup field. In the same region, the company is lining up another appraisal well on its Luno II discovery.
Lundin, along with 32 other companies, has signed a contract with WesternGeco and PGS for an extended 3D seismic acquisition campaign in the eastern Norwegian Barents Sea ahead of Norway’s 23rd licensing round. Acquisition should be completed this summer.