North Sea Brynhild oil production schedule slips

Lundin Petroleum expects first oil from the Brynhild field in the Norwegian North Sea next spring.

Offshore staff

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Lundin Petroleum expects first oil from the Brynhild field in the Norwegian North Sea next spring.

The subsea template and manifolds as well as the production and injection flow lines have all been installed, and the first of the four development wells has reached total depth.

Bluewater’sHaewene Brim FPSO, which serves Shell’s Pierce field across the UK median line, will receive Brynhild’s crude. In July the vessel was sent to dry dock in Scotland for topside modification and life extension work, which has progressed more slowly than expected. However, the vessel should leave the yard in the next few days, two months behind schedule.

Once it returns to the Pierce field location further installation and commissioning work, including a new production riser, must be completed.

Lundin is also a partner in theBøyla field which Marathon is developing as a 28-km (17.4-mi) subsea tieback to the Alvheim FPSO in the Norwegian sector, with two production wells and one water injector.

Fabrication has started of the subsea structures and the semisubTransocean Winner should drill the three development wells next year.

In the central Norwegian North Sea/Utsira High region, Lundin plans to drill an appraisal well this year on the southeastern part of the Edvard Grieg reservoir, with a view to proving increased reserves and optimizing the location for the field’s development wells.

Plans for installation and operation (PIO) have been submitted to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy for both the 43-km (26.7-mi) long Edvard Grieg oil pipeline and the 94-km (58.4-mi) long gas line. Statoil will operate both lines, which will be jointly owned by the license partners in Edvard Grieg PL338 and Ivar Aasen PL001B/PL028B/PL242.

The oil line will tie-into the Grane oil pipeline in the Norwegian sector while the gas line will connect to the Sage Beryl gas system in UK waters. Both lines are scheduled to be installed next summer.

In May Lundin discovered more oil on the southwestern flank of the Utsira High with well 16/4-6S on the Luno II prospect in PL359. The location is 15 km (9.3 mi) south of Edvard Grieg field. The company estimates resources in the range 25-120 MMboe.

Luno II probably extends eastwards into PL410, and this extension will be appraised during the current quarter, followed by a further appraisal well on PL359 during 1Q 2014. The 10-40 MMboe Luno II North prospect to the north in the same license will also likely be drilled next year, and Lundin has further plans to drill the 23 MMboe Fignon Miocene prospect

Currently Lundin is drilling theTorvastad prospect on PL501. If successful, it could prove to be a northerly extension of the giant Johan Sverdrup discovery on the same license. The Kopervik prospect in PL625 (WI 40%) in the northern part of the Utsira High will spud in late 2013 or early 2014.

The PL501 partners have agreed to drill one more appraisal well onJohan Sverdrup early next year on the Crestal high between 16/2-6, 16/2-7, and 16/3-4, using the semisub Bredford Dolphin. Also in 2014, the PL265 partners led by Statoil will drill a further appraisal well on Johan Sverdrup, at a location north of the Geitungen discovery well 16/2-12.

Lundin plans further exploration wells next year on the Storm prospect on PL555 in the northern Norwegian North Sea, probably during the first quarter. Later in the year it will drill the Lindarormen prospect on PL584 south of the Åsgard field and southwest of the Draugen field. The company has further plans to drill Vollgrav on PL631 in the northern Norwegian North Sea, between the Statfjord and Gullfaks fields.

In the Barents Sea, Lundin is lining up an appraisal well next year on its recent 105-235 MMboeGohta discovery, which appears to be sourced from a local Triassic oil kitchen, and a further well in this region on the Alta structure in PL609.

Southeast of the Loppa High in the Barents Sea, Det norske oljeselskap operates PL659 (Lundin 20%). An exploratory well should start drilling next month on the Langlitinden prospect, targeting prospective resources of 220 MMboe.


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