The subsea construction vessel North Sea Atlantic transported the 330-metric-ton structure from Vestbase in Kristiansund 200 km to the southern part of the Maria Field in the Norwegian Sea, where it was installed in 300 m water depth.
The six-slot template will initially house three producing wells and one water injector for pressure support, with the two spare slots available for future development of the field.
Maria was initially developed via two subsea templates, and it came onstream in 2017. Phase 2, due to start up in 2025, should add about 27 MMboe, helping to prolong the field’s lifespan through 2040.
The new template will be connected to existing infrastructure on the field. Maria’s well stream heads to the Equinor-operated Kristin platform, with water injection supplied from Heidrun, and lift gas is provided from Åsgard B via the Tyrihans subsea field facilities.
Maria’s processed oil is sent to the Åsgard field center for storage and export, while the gas is exported via the Åsgard Transport System to Kårstø.