North Sea Brage going strong after 25 years
Wintershall has commemorated 25 years of oil production from the Brage field in the Norwegian North Sea.
The German E&P company has operated the field and its platform since 2013.
“When Wintershall acquired theBrage oilfield from Equinor, we set ourselves the goal of prolonging the lifetime of Brage considerably,” said Martin Bachmann, board member responsible for exploration and production in Europe and the Middle East.
“Our team introduced new production processes, optimized the work procedures and found technically efficient solutions. These should enable the field to keep producing to 2030 and beyond.
“Approximately half of the current production on Brage comes from wells drilled under Wintershall’s operatorship.”
In 2015, the company decided to revise its processes and align contracts to incentivize efficient and safe drilling of future wells, and those that have followed are said to have been some of the most efficient drilled on the field to date.
This summer the company undertook the largest maintenance turnaround in the platform’s history, as part of a €2-billion ($2.35-billion) investment between 2017 and 2020 on Wintershall’s offshore Norway commitments.
“Brage was the decisive cornerstone for our development towards becoming one of the largest gas and oil producers in Norway,” added Hugo Dijkgraaf, managing director of Wintershall Norge.
Today the company also operates the producing subsea fields Maria and Vega, in addition to Nova, which is currently under development.