STAVANGER, Norway – The Equinor-led Johan Sverdrup field partnership have agreed to further production capacity increases at the North Sea complex.
They now expect Sverdrup to deliver around 500,000 b/d of oil by the end of this year, close to 60,000 b/d more than under the original plan when the Phase 1 development came onstream last year.
Tests of plant capacity have verified the feasibility of a production increase from the present 470,000 b/d.
Phase 2 remains on track for start-up in 4Q 2022. Full-field plateau production capacity now looks set to rise from 690,000 b/d to around 720,000 b/d.
To maintain production and recovery at a high level, further water injection capacity will be needed in order to ensure sufficient reservoir pressure support.
Equinor expects modification work to increase this capacity to be completed by mid-2021.
“Based on the positive results of the capacity test where we produced at rates of over 500,000 b/d of oil, we are now working on solutions to increase the water injection capacity which should allow us to further increase the daily production capacity beyond this level by mid-2021,” said Rune Nedregaard, vice president for Johan Sverdrup operations.
Other partners are Lundin Energy Norway, Petoro, Aker BP, and Total.