STAVANGER, Norway – Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Marte Mjøs Persen has officially opened Equinor’s Martin Linge oil and gas field in the Norwegian North Sea.
Discovered in 1978, Martin Linge is 42 km (26 mi) west of the Oseberg complex, in 115 m (377 ft) of water.
Production began on June 30, 2021.
Anders Opedal, president and CEO of Equinor, said: “Martin Linge has been a very challenging project to put onstream. Thanks to competent colleagues, good suppliers, and good collaboration with our partner Petoro and the authorities, the field was efficiently and safely put on stream last year. The field is now producing very efficiently. With current prices, investments in the field will be recovered in full during 2022.”
The Martin Linge project encountered challenges in the development phase. Capex in the field totaled NOK 63 billion ($7 billion), compared with NOK 31.5 billion ($3.5 billion) in the plan for development and operation from 2012. Equinor took over the operatorship from Total in 2018.
The expected recoverable resources are about 260 MMboe. Equinor expects the field to reach plateau production of around 115,000 boe/d this year.
Martin Linge is the first platform that Equinor put onstream from an onshore control room. The wells and the process are operated from the control room in Stavanger. The offshore operators use tablets in the field to collaborate with the onshore control room and the operations teams onshore.
Digital solutions provide early indications of potential failures in the facilities, enabling reduced operational costs and optimization of energy consumption.
Due to power from shore the emissions from the field are about 1 kg of CO2/bbl, according to the company.
Equinor operates the project with 70% working interest and Petoro holds 30%.