OSLO, Norway – Vår Energi has permission from Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to remove the Jotun A FPSO from the Jotun field in the central Norwegian North Sea.
Former operator ExxonMobil discovered the field in 1994 and started production five years later. Operations ceased in 2016 as production was no longer profitable.
In August, Vår Energi contracted Rosenberg WorleyParsons to provide life extension services for Jotun A through refurbishment at the company’s yard in Stavanger.
The vessel will then operate in production mode on the Balder field until 2045.
The redundant Jotun B wellhead platform is due to be removed by the end of next year and Jotun A by end-2023.
In the Norwegian Sea, the PSA has approved Wintershall Dea’s request to drill an exploration well on the Bergknapp prospect in 312 m (1,023 ft) water depth in block 6406/3.
The semisubmersible West Mira will start drilling later this month. Operations should last 59 days.
Neptune Energy Norge also has authorization to use the semisub Deepsea Yantai for drilling production wells on the Duva field in the northern Norwegian North Sea.
According to the PSA, activities were due to start early this month and continue for around 51 days.
Duva is 6 km (3.7 mi) northeast of the Gjøa field in a water depth of 350 m (1,148 ft) It is being developed via a three-well subsea tieback to the Neptune-operated Gjøa platform.