OSLO, Norway – Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has approved A/S Norske Shell’s request to extend the lifespan of the Draugen complex in the Norwegian Sea.
Draugen is an oil field around 150 km (93 mi) north of Kristiansand. Production began in October 1993 via a fixed concrete platform with an integrated deck. Shell has also developed various fields in the area via subsea wells tied back to the platform.
PSA only sanctioned a continuation until the expiry of the production license in March 2023, although Shell believes there are grounds for a further extension.
Additionally, PSA has sanctioned use of the semisubmersibleDeepsea Atlantic to drill two production wells for Statoil at Gullfaks Sør in the Tampen area of the northern Norwegian North Sea.
Gullfaks Sør has been developed using subsea well templates tied back to Gullfaks A and C to the north via subsea pipelines. Production started in 1998.
Statoil plans to drill two production wells from a new subsea template on theRimfaksdalen gas discovery. It will also drill a well next to the template to investigate if there is shallow gas nearby.
Water depth at the site is 137 m (449 ft).