VNG close to submitting plans for Fenja tieback offshore Norway

VNG is progressing the Fenja project in the Norwegian Sea and expects to submit its proposals to the Norwegian authorities around the end of this year, according to partner Faroe Petroleum.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK – VNG is progressing the Fenja project in the Norwegian Sea and expects to submit its proposals to the Norwegian authorities around the end of this year, according to partner Faroe Petroleum.

Front-end engineering and design (FEED) started in February for a subsea tieback to the redeveloped Njord production facilities.

In June, Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy approved Statoil’s plan for theNjord Future Project and Bauge field (Faroe 7.5%) development.

Refurbishment work to date on theNjord A platform at the drydock in Stord, western Norway, has been completed on time and on budget, while a parallel project to upgrade the Njord B storage vessel is also on track.

First oil from the Bauge subsea tieback (Statoil is currently finalizing the contract strategy for project execution) should coincide with production re-starting at the Njord and Hyme fields in 2020.

AtTambar in the North Sea (Faroe 45%) operated by Aker BP, an infill well drilling campaign and a gas lift installation project should both get under way soon, the goal being to boost production from the field from 2018 onwards.

The program involves the jackupMaersk Interceptor installing gas lift for up to five wells and drilling of two infill wells, as well as providing accommodation for the offshore personnel.

At the Wintershall-operated Brage platform in the same sector (Faroe 14.3%), the drilling rig has been remobilized for drilling of three wells, comprising one producer-injector pair in the Statfjord horizon and one producer in the Fensfjord.

The first Statfjord producer is already onstream and the initial performance is encouraging. Other targets have been identified for continued further infill drilling, subject to results from the current campaign.

This spring, appraisal drilling on the Faroe-operatedBrasse discovery has lifted recoverable volumes to an estimated 56-92 MMboe.

Faroe’s feasibility studies have focused on a subsea tieback to either the Brage or Oseberg complex, via three to six production wells and an optional water injection well for pressure support.

Peak production could exceed 30,000 boe/d, with start-up scheduled for 2020/21.

The Trym field in the southern Norwegian North Sea, which contributed around one-third of Faroe’s production in the first half of this year, will have to be temporarily shut-in in August 2019 until refurbishment work is completed on the host Tyra facility in the Danish sector.

In the UK North Sea, a subsea valve has been replaced at Faroe’sBlane field allowing production to re-start.

Output from the company’s Schooner and Ketch gas fields, however, has been affected by issues with the export system at the Theddlethorpe terminal on the Lincolnshore coast, which is due to be shut down at the end of 2018.

Faroe is exploring alternative export solutions for Schooner and Ketch. If this proves unsuccessful, both fields will likely cease production at the end of next year.

09/26/2017

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