North Sea Gudrun delivers first production
Statoil and partners GDF Suez and OMV have started production from the Gudrun oil and gas field in the Norwegian North Sea.
Gudrun is the first new Statoil-operated platform onstream offshore Norway since 2005. The company expects to produce 184 MMboe over the field’s life.
Statoil submitted the plan for development and operation in 2010. “We have delivered the Gudrun field on time and below the cost estimate in the PDO,” said Margareth Øvrum, head of the company’s Technology, Projects and Drilling business area.
Gudrun, discovered in 1975, is a high-pressure/high-temperature field. Development was only possible when suitable drilling technology and capacity in facilities andpipelines in the area became available.
Produced oil and gas is sent to the Sleipner complex for processing, with the resultant crude sent to Kårstø in western Norway, and the gas through the Norwegian trunkline system to mainland Europe.
The project entailed modifications on Sleipner and at Kårstø.