Ærfugl is a two-phase subsea project. Both phases will tie into the Skarv FPSO, which is about 210 km (130 mi) west of Sandnessjøen.
The plan for development and operation for both phases was approved by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in April 2018. Phase 1, which develops the southern part of the Ærfugl field, consists of three new wells and is expected to start-up in late 2020.
Phase 2 consists of three wells in the northern part of the field. The original plan for start-up was 2023. Due to proceeded work to increase gas capacity on the Skarv FPSO, the Ærfugl project team identified existing infrastructure to host the first Phase 2 well. The remaining two wells are expected to come online in 2021.
Tom Storvik, Project Manager for the Ærfugl Field Development, said: “…the collaboration with Baker Hughes to enable the existing xmas threes to be reused at Ærfugl Phase 2 has been key to enable the accelerated Phase 2 start-up.”
According to Aker BP, it is one of the most profitable development projects on the Norwegian shelf with a break-even price of about $15/bbl (converted from gas).