TRONDHEIM, Norway – The Gjøa licensees in the Norwegian North Sea have sanctioned an exploration well on the 22-MMboe Hamlet prospect, according to partner OKEA.
Drilling should start during the current quarter. In addition, OKEA, as operator, and its partners are considering appraisal drilling on the Aurora discovery, west of Gjøa, and testing of an additional prospect in the surrounding license.
A final investment decision on a development could follow in 2023 with production starting in 2025.
Recently, OKEA has commissioned acquisition of new 3D seismic data to support its exploration activities in the Norwegian Sea and the Gjøa area, and the company is working up drilling opportunities in other exploration licenses.
At the Repsol-operated Yme field in the eastern Norwegian North Sea, which came onstream late last year, issues related to the subsea storage tank (heavy emulsions and high oil-in-water content) caused production to be halted. But these have since been resolved and the storage tank is now fully operational.
Activities continue to complete hot commissioning and clean-up of remaining wells to bring facilities to full production.
In the Norwegian Sea, OKEA is developing the Hasselmus field as a single subsea gas well tieback to the Draugen platform for processing and export. Production is due to start in 4Q 2023 with plateau gas of more than 4,400 boe/d.
Critical long-lead procurement items have been secured, allowing COSL to start drilling later this year.
As for the Draugen - power from shore project, which includes extension of the power supply to the nearby Njord field, FID and submission of the PDO should take place in 4Q 2022.
The power from shore project, due to be ready for operation in 2025, should reduce Draugen’s annual CO2 emissions by around 200,000 metric tons (220,462 tons).