Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Fluenta signs agreement with Kuwait Oil Company to supply flare gas meters - 31/08/2016

Fluenta signs agreement with Kuwait Oil Company to supply flare gas meters

    14 systems for multipoint smokeless high-pressure flare sites at South and East Kuwait gathering centres
    Project supports Fluenta’s continued expansion in the Middle East

Fluenta, a global leader in ultrasonic measurement and management technology, today announces a contract to supply flare gas meters to Kuwait Oil Company (KOC).

Fluenta will supply KOC with flare gas meters to be used at multipoint smokeless high-pressure flare sites at 14 South and East Kuwait gathering centres.

The project supports Fluenta’s continued expansion into the Middle East energy market.  Fluenta’s flare gas meters were sold directly through Warba Group, representatives of Fluenta to Musref KOC’s engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) group.

Sigurd Aase, CEO of Fluenta, comments: “Test results demonstrated to Kuwait Oil Company that Fluenta ultrasonic flare gas meters are the most accurate and reliable flow measurement devices available.”

In more than 30 years of business, Fluenta has become global leader in the measurement, monitoring and management of flow.  The company leads in ultrasonic technology – by far the most accurate means by which to measure the flow of liquid or gas.  Fluenta’s flare gas monitoring solutions have been deployed hundreds of times by the largest oil companies and in some of the most challenging environments in the world. 

23rd Africa Oil Week / Africa Upstream 2016, Cape Town, South Africa - 31/08/2016

23rd Africa Oil Week / Africa Upstream 2016, Cape Town, South Africa

31st October - 4th November 2016
“Africa’s Governments, Corporate Players, Senior Executives and State Firms now shaping Africa’s Oil, Gas-LNG Game”
Global Pacific & Partners, with ITE Group, will host the 23rd Africa Oil Week/Africa Upstream 2016 Conference over 31st October-4th November 2016, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa.

This meeting is not an occasion to miss, for Africa-focused firms, oil/energy investors, local or foreign companies, or National Oil Companies and Governments.

The landmark Africa Oil Week-2016 event again highlights Africa’s upstream world with key insights, sharp debate and discourse from Africa’s Governments, National Oil Companies, Licensing Agencies and leading corporate players shaping the continent’s vast hydrocarbon future, providing extensive high-level senior executive networking for securing new venture possibilities and finance/investment opportunities.  

For over two decades, and with a track record of over 200 senior executive events held in and on Africa’s oil and gas game, Global Pacific & Partners’ Africa Oil Week (held with ITE Group) is widely recognised for forging corporate/state relationships across Africa and worldwide, and driving direct and foreign investment into or inside Africa’s multiple upstream and gas-LNG landscapes.  

Numerous top-level executives in the global industry have oft-noted, the Africa Oil Week/Africa Upstream Conference “stands apart” from all other events as the leading meeting in or on Africa, and sits at the top of the global oil-gas industry calendar.

Acquire knowledge from an outstanding program with 130 top-line speakers
Negotiate deals and farm-in/out opportunities with corporates and state oil firms
Meet 40 Governments, and participate in emerging acreage/asset transactions
Discuss ventures with banks institutions, institutional investors and financiers
Network with Africa’s growing service and supply industry operators and firms
Meet 120+ exhibitors and a thousand-plus senior executive delegates
Hear top corporate/state decision-makers, leading thinkers and policy-makers
Combine corporate interest with multiple five-star social occasions with peers 

Confirmed Speakers from:
Tullow Oil, Total, Oando Plc, ExxonMobil, Onhym-Morocco, Shoreline Natural Resources, Woodside Energy Ltd, PetroSA, AGC - Agence de Gestion et de Coopération entre la Guinée-Bissau et le Sénégal, Pluspetrol, Sound Energy Plc, Moyes & Co Inc, FAR Limited, Petroleum Agency SA, Ministry of Mines and Energy-Namibia, Directorate of Petroleum, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development-Uganda, Africa Oil+Gas Report, Discover Exploration Ltd, International Energy Solutions, Rhino Resources Ltd, Manokore Attorneys, Kosmos Energy, Petroguin-EP, Eni Spa, Mirabaud Securities, Monetizing Gas Africa Inc, Petrosen-Senegal, Stellar Energy Advisors, Ministry of Energy & Mines, Eritrea, Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited, Bowman Gilfillan,  Azinam Ltd, SacOil Holdings, Velocys, Mitsui & Co. Ltd, Africa Oil Kenya B.V., Ophir Energy plc, Ambit Energy Corporation, OMV , Ministere des Hydrocarbures de la Republique du Congo, Ministry of Mines-Ethiopia, FirstEnergy Capital LLP, Eland Oil & Gas PLC, Moyes & Co Inc, Empresa de Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos de Mocambique, Ministere du Petrole, de L'Energie et des Mines-Mauritania, Svenska Petroleum Exploration, Africa Energy (SA) Corp., Instituto Nacional de Petroleo (INP), Mocambique, United Hydrocarbon International Corp, Galp Energia, Richmond Energy Partners Ltd, Woodside Energy Ltd, BP plc, Lekoil, Moni Pulo Ltd, Impact Oil & Gas Ltd, NVentures, T5 Oil & Gas, Global Pacific & Partners International Ltd, Jogmec-Japan, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Kenya, Cairn Energy, Africa Fortesa Corp., CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, Union des Comoros, Maersk Oil, SANEA-South Africa, Ophir Energy plc, Fugro N.V., Regalis Petroleum, Tower Resources plc, USA Department of State, Petrolin Group, Shell International Exploration & Production B.V., Engen, Kalahari GeoEnergy Ltd , ONGC Videsh, ITE Group, ACAS-Law, Orient Energy Review, Ghana Oil & Gas Service Providers Association-Ghana, Gulf Reservoir Modeling Technology-UAE, Oil & Energy Services-Kenya, NewAge, Ministry to the Presidency of Mines & Petroleum, Madagascar, Upstream Oil & Gas Newspaper, Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, Noble Energy Inc, Petrofund-Namibia, Preng & Associates, Danvic Petroleum International Corp., University of Witwatersrand-South Africa, Allen & Overy LLP, ION E&P Advisors, CGG, AAPG Datapages, PGS, Combifloat, Spectrum Geo, Makerere University-Uganda, NAMCOR-Namibia, Sogenal, Subsea 7, Rystad Energy, RPS Energy, Aker Solutions …

The 23rd Africa Oil Week 2016 provides all-inclusive, inter alia:
The leading Speakers on Africa’s oil, gas, LNG and upstream industry
23rd Africa Upstream Conference (Tuesday-Friday)
15th Africa Upstream: Africa Independents Forum (Monday)
Government, Ministry and State Oil Company Delegations
ExxonMobil Ice Breaker, Aquarium (Tuesday)
78th PetroAfricanus Dinner in Africa, with Guest Speaker (Tuesday)
4th Africa Local Content Forum 
CNBC-Africa: Panel Debates
21st African Institute of Petroleum Luncheon 
20th Annual “Big-Five” Board Awards
7th Global Women Petroleum & Energy Club Luncheon 
Africa Exploration Zone, and Corporate/State Speakers Corner
4th Young Professionals Meeting in Africa 
Law of the Sea: Special Africa Workshop 
Corporate Luncheons and Private Negotiations
SEEP: Africa Workshop
Official Cocktail Reception at CTICC (Monday)
Networking Reception at Mondiall Restaurant 
SA Rugby Museum Reception: Guest: Francois Pienaar, SA Rugby Legend
Global Oil Press Club: Inaugural Africa Breakfast 
Annual African Institute of Petroleum, Africa Oil Legend Induction 
Traditional Braai-BBQ at Grand Africa Beach Café (Friday afternoon)
Networking Reception/s at Mitchell’s (on the Waterfront, till late)
Unrivalled insights, connections, and post-Conference Presentations
Confirmed Sponsors to-date, 2016:

Lead Sponsor: Tullow Oil, with key sponsors Total, Oando Plc, Africa Oil Corp: plus, Anadarko, ACAS-Law, Aker Solutions, Bowman Gilfillan, Business Council for Africa, Cairn Energy, Danvic Petroleum International, Discover Exploration, EIC (Energy Industries Council), Eland Oil & Gas, ExxonMobil, FAR Limited, Financial Times, Frontier Communications, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Impact Oil & Gas Ltd, MGGS B.V., Moyes & Co, Nedbank CIB, NewAge (African Global Energy), Noble Energy, Ophir Energy, Petroleum Agency SA, PGS, Petrolin Group, Petro-Logistics, Polarcus DMCC, Preng & Associates, Regalis Petroleum, RPS, SacOil Holdings, SAPetro, Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, Shell International Exploration & Production B.V, Solar Turbines, Standard Field Development, Subsea 7, Rystad Energy, Tenaris, The Corporate Council on Africa, UKTI–Kenya, Veolia, Wood Group, Woodside Energy …with numerous worldwide supporting organisations

Confirmed Exhibitors to-date, 2016: 

Petronas; Ghana Oil & Gas Service Providers Association; PLS; CMS Cameron Mckenna LLP; EMGS; AziNam; RSI Geophysical; Veolia; Polarcus; ION Geophysical; Maersk Oil; Spectrum Geo; DownUnder Geosolutions; AustinBridgeporth; PGS; Core Laboratories; Wood Group; AFEX Group; Gulf Reservoir Modeling Technology; DMT; NAMCOR; Ministry of Mines & Energy, Namibia; Combifloat; Tullow Oil; Total; Oando Plc; Getech-ERCL; Granherne Inc; Moyes & Co; AAPG Datapages; MGGS; Ponticelli; RPS; Supernova; TGS; Alseamar-Alcen; CGG; SGS; Fugro; Oil Review Africa; The Oil & Gas Year; Petroleum Africa; Orient Energy Review; Jeune Afrique; Ophir Energy; Petrolin; Tower Resources; Wide Africa Safaris; Poached Rhino Organisation; Geofizyka Torun; Transnet Pipelines, NVentures, ONHYM, Wentworth Resources, ENH Mozambique, ACAS-Law, Tiger Rentals, Schlumberger, Chariot Oil & Gas, DAI Energy & Resources Group, Dreg Waters Petroleum & Logistics, Richmond Energy Partners, Frontier Communications, NAPE, Nigeria; Envoi Ltd; EAGE; University of Dundee; Alberta Government, High Arctic Energy Services; Toronto Stock Exchange; Danvic Petroleum International … plus others in process
You’re only inside Africa’s oil and gas game, if you’re at Africa Upstream 2016

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

An update of the NPD’s resource classification system - 24/08/2016

An update of the NPD’s resource classification system

The NPD’s Resource Classification System from 2001 has been updated. The new system has only minor changes compared to the previous one as all “boxes” are the same.
The changes are mainly language improvements, including new names for some resource classes (boxes).

The objective of the update is to harmonise the description in the classification system with terminology used elsewhere and clarify the relation to decision milestones used for project maturation.

In addition it is attempted, as much as possible, to use the same the terminology as in international systems like SPE PRMS and UNFC.

The new terminology will be implemented gradually, and will be used when the new resource account is published in February 2017.

Claxton successfully completes well abandonment of Horne and Wren Platform for Tullow Oil - 24/08/2016

Claxton successfully completes well abandonment of Horne and Wren Platform for Tullow Oil

Claxton, an Acteon company, has completed its involvement in the abandonment of two wells on the Horne and Wren Platform in the Southern North Sea.

Completed within 18 days in July 2016, Claxton was responsible for the 5.1/2” tubing cut verification, tubing recovery, sub-mudline abrasive conductor severance, conductor cut verification and the subsequent multi-string recovery from both wells.

Rob Horton, project engineer, Claxton, said: “The multi-string severance was performed from a jack-up lift barge (JULB) for this project, allowing significant cost savings for the client against the use of a rig.

“The Horne and Wren platform has a small 8m x 8m weather deck footprint, creating a space challenge which we managed to overcome. As well as using our latest evolution of the ‘SABRE’ abrasive cutting system, this project also required a full, bespoke, light weight work package. This included a hydraulic proving system and a utility crane to ensure self-sufficiency in handling our equipment.

“Proving of tubing and conductor cuts were completed with the same system, enabling us to reduce equipment, time and money for the client. Equipment was located on the JULB with services run to the platform for the tubing recovery and multi-string severance and subsequent casing retrieval.

“We also developed a bespoke tubing laydown frame that allowed the quick and safe laydown of the severed tubing in a controlled manner.”

Claxton can overcome issues in engineering bespoke designs to accommodate all platforms and environments. Rigless platform well abandonment is just one of the many services Claxton can offer to reduce the costs of decommissioning projects.

Monday, 22 August 2016

VisitAberdeenshire to Strengthen Links with Norway at Key Energy Event - 22/08/2016

VisitAberdeenshire to Strengthen Links with Norway at Key Energy Event

Tourism body VisitAberdeenshire will cross the North Sea later this month in order to strengthen the north east’s connections with Scandinavia. Representatives from the organisation will attend Offshore Northern Seas (ONS), a key energy industry event in Stavanger, Norway, from 29 August to 1 September. Norway is Scotland’s seventh largest international market in terms of visits, spending around 430,000 nights in the country and contributing £68 million to the economy.

In addition to meeting with key Norwegian travel industry operators and media, VisitAberdeenshire has sponsored the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Pavilion which forms part of the conference’s evening festival entertainment in Vagen Harbour.

Open nightly from 5pm to 1am, the festival’s official after-party programme also includes concerts and fireworks displays, and allows delegates the chance to meet in an informal environment after attending the event’s conference, exhibition and technical sessions through the day.

Steve Harris, chief executive of VisitAberdeenshire, says, “Norway has traditionally been a key market for both leisure and business visitors to the north east of Scotland, and VisitAberdeenshire is keen to strengthen these links.

“Despite the depressed nature of the oil and gas industry, it is still a key driver of business tourism in the north east of Scotland. Aberdeen and the surrounding area is still recognised as a global centre of excellence for the energy industry, and so it makes sense for international events related to the field to be held in the region. Throughout ONS we will be liaising with decision makers in the industry to attract new events to the north east of Scotland.”

Regular flights from Oslo, Stavanger and Bergen allow travellers to touch down in the north east after just over an hour’s flight time. This close proximity allows for great collaboration in both business and leisure tourism.

Steve continues, “Attending events like ONS allows us to meet with key business and leisure contacts to increase awareness of everything Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire have to offer. Aberdeen is consistently one of the most popular destinations for Norwegian visitors, and in fact is the fourth most popular destination for Norwegian travellers in the whole of the UK.”

“New developments like the relocation of the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre will undoubtedly be a big talking point for those interested in bringing large conferences and events to the north east of Scotland. Many business visitors will also be interested in extending their stay in order to enjoy the area’s renowned golf offering.

“And the region also has a lot to offer leisure visitors. Lower shopping prices are incredibly attractive, as are the area’s amazing castles and whisky distilleries.

“With the area’s hotels more competitively priced than ever before, we firmly believe that there has never been a better time for Norwegian travellers to visit Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and we look forward to spreading that message in Stavanger later this month.”

VisitAberdeenshire was launched in April 2016, and is supported by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils, Scottish Enterprise and Opportunity North East.

Add Energy Launches New Advisory Service - 22/08/2016

Add Energy Launches New Advisory Service 

Add Energy, the international oil and gas upstream consultancy provider, has expanded its operations with the launch of a new advisory service, ADDvisor.

The bespoke service offers a team of Subject Matter Experts (SME's) with over 30 years experience who can provide specialized expertise within oil and gas, well construction and operations. 

The unique business model of this service means that SME expertise is available to the industry on an 'as needed' basis, meaning that expertise and advice can be called upon as and when required.  The SME services range from being a 'sparring partner' at the end of the phone, to delivering concrete assessments and advice as a report or in meeting attendance and facilitation/contribution. 

Terje Løkke-Sørensen, Add Energy CTO commented: “We are thrilled to be launching this new service for both existing and prospective clients. Our company is proud to have a number of highly experienced and qualified industry professionals and technical authorities within our team whose expertise can be even better utilised through the ADDvisor service".

“In the current market, our clients are looking for the most cost effective solution to their problems. We saw a real demand for this service as companies continue to streamline operations, and our team of experienced ADDvisor’s are well suited to help."

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate at ONS - 22/08/2016

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate at ONS

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will be present at the oil and gas exhibition ONS in Stavanger from 29 August to 1 September.

The NPD is sharing a stand with the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE).

Stewardship of knowledge is on the agenda at the NPD/MPE stand, which is number 810 in Hall 8. You can meet people from both agencies at the stand.

The stand is designed like a classical library from the Victorian era. The library is a symbol of the modern knowledge bank.

The authorities have data, information and results from all petroleum activity on the shelf. It is accessible on the authorities’ websites and is stored in content-rich databases. Most of the information is accessible to everyone. This is unique for the Norwegian shelf – both the scope of data and the transparency.

Data and knowledge form the basis for Norwegian petroleum policy. Sound stewardship of the resources on the Norwegian shelf benefits Norway as a whole.

The authorities’ ONS stand includes 3000 books, on loan from the Stavanger library, and multiple computer screens where the public can pull up information.

If you have any questions, or want to discuss topics linked to the management and sharing of data and knowledge, feel free to stop by the stand.

Director General Bente Nyland will present the NPD’s IOR award on the second day of the conference, Tuesday, 30 August. This is the third time the award is presented at ONS.

Ingrid Sølvberg, the NPD’s Director of Development and Operations, will give a lecture on the future of the Norwegian shelf on Monday, 29 August. This will take place at Centre Court in Hall 9 at 12:35 hours.

Remember to pick up a copy of the NPD’s new shelf map; we are handing out 10 000 copies throughout the week at ONS.

ProContra designed the authorities’ stand in collaboration with the NPD’s project team for ONS.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Rotork Japan Provides The Intelligent Actuation Solution For World’s First Seven-Way Control Valve - 16/08/2016

Rotork Japan Provides The Intelligent Actuation Solution For World’s First Seven-Way Control Valve

Rotork Japan has supplied IQ3 intelligent valve actuators for the automation of what is said to be the world’s first seven-way control valve. The innovative valve, manufactured in Japan by the Aska Corporation, operates under high pressure to control and regulate the flow of chemicals such as polymers, reducing the load on instrumentation in the downstream manufacturing processes.

The unique radial design of the valve eliminates any dead space (no flow) areas which could erode the quality of the media. The design demands a compact actuation solution that is capable of delivering swift and precise valve movements with high operating torques. The high viscosity, temperature and pressure of the media being controlled are further factors that contribute to the challenging demands of the application.

The selection of Rotork IQ3 intelligent actuation for the automation of the valve has successfully fulfilled these challenges. The proven long-term reliability of the IQ3 in similar harsh and high temperature hazardous area environments made an important contribution to the valvemaker’s decision to specify Rotork for this application. Other significant considerations included the IQ3 actuator’s versatility, functionality and asset management capabilities, combined with swift and simple commissioning procedures, accessed via secure non-intrusive communication technology.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Processing the development plan for the Utgard discovery in the North Sea - 11/08/2016

Processing the development plan for the Utgard discovery in the North Sea

On 9 August, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) received the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for the Utgard discovery in the North Sea.
Utgard is a gas and condensate discovery, stretching across the border between the Norwegian and UK continental shelves. The discovery is located in block 15/8 on the Norwegian shelf and in block 16/8a on the UK shelf. Estimated recoverable resources from the discovery are about 9 million standard cubic metres of oil equivalents. The largest share of the reserves in Utgard are located on the Norwegian side.

Utgard is situated about 21 kilometres west of the Sleipner field centre. Water depth in the area is 110 metres, and the reservoir is located about 3700 metres below the sea surface.

The discovery, which was made in 1982 while drilling well 15/8-1, has been considered for development several times before. The licensees are planning to start production in the 4th quarter of 2019.

According to the plan, Utgard will be a subsea development consisting of a subsea template with space for drilling and completion of up to four wells. The plan is to drill two production wells from the subsea template. All facilities will be placed on the Norwegian side of the border.

According to the plan, the production facility on Utgard will be tied in to facilities on Sleipner, where the wellstream will be processed and metred. The Utgard gas, which contains significant CO2, will enter the already installed facility on Sleipner for reduction and injection of CO2.  

The gas will then be exported on to the Gassled pipeline system, while the unstable condensate will be transported to Kårstø for further processing and export.

Significant sums have been invested in infrastructure on the Norwegian shelf, and the NPD wants to ensure sound and efficient utilisation of this infrastructure:

“It is very positive that the licensees in Utgard have decided on a project that will ensure good and cost-efficient utilisation of the facilities and the available process capacity on Sleipner,” says Tove Francke, assistant director for development and operation, Southern North Sea.

She adds that the Utgard development shows it is also possible to realise profitable projects during periods with challenging cost and price regimes.

“The NPD expects that the realisation of the resources in Utgard will contribute to value creation for both the Norwegian society and the licensees in Utgard and Sleipner,” says Francke.

The Utgard development plan is the first PDO to be submitted to the authorities in 2016.

Utgard is located in production licences 046E and 046F on the Norwegian shelf and in production licence 312 on the UK shelf. Statoil Petroleum is the operator on the Norwegian side, with an ownership interest of 62 per cent. The other licensees on the Norwegian side are Lotos E&P Norge AS with an ownership interest of 28 per cent and Total E&P Norge AS with an ownership interest of 10 per cent. Statoil UK is the operator on the UK side, with an ownership interest of 100 per cent.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Thames Valley’s International Energy Conference - 10/08/2016

Thames Valley’s International Energy Conference

16th August 2016

Williams F1 Conference Centre



OX12 0DQ

Energy experts from around the globe speak at first Thames Valley Chamber International Energy Conference

Sponsored by Bouygues Energies & Services
Many high profile experts from across the energy sector including Energy Forum President and former CEO of Shell Energy Europe, Paul Trimmer, will be sharing the latest innovations, insights and ideas at the first ever International Energy Conference, hosted by the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group. The event aims to bring together businesses interested in learning the latest developments and gaining industry insight into the energy sector. 

Key topical themes and points of discussion will include the ‘state of the energy nation’, ‘delivering energy efficiency post-Brexit’ and how to ‘develop a hydrogen economic vision in the UK’ as well as ‘when small energy has big impact’, ‘energy efficient performance’, ‘driving data energy centres’ and ‘risk management strategies’.

Kaye Sotomi from Bouygues Energies & Services’ Energy Account and Business Development Manager will explore the potential impact on the UK’s energy challenges and the future path towards decarbonisation and energy security for Britain.

A business case study, led by Stuart Dee, Government Affairs Executive UK & Ireland from BMW Group UK, will discuss the ever changing automotive landscape and how the company has evolved its offering to meet new and ongoing challenges.

Furthermore, the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry will highlight how companies from the region are commercialising on low carbon technologies.

Paul Trimmer, Energy Forum President and former CEO of Shell Energy Europe commented: “We have seen some fundamental changes taking place across the energy sector including the Paris agreement on climate change, dramatic cost reductions in solar panels and significant progress on disruptive technologies in transport and energy storage. With so many challenges facing the industry in 2016 the International Energy Conference will be the perfect platform to start the discussion.”

Professor Stephen Bennington, Founder and Managing Director of Cella Energy further added: “It’s a period of change for the energy markets, which means new opportunities. The International Energy Conference will bring together businesses of all scales to discuss the shifting landscape, the current challenges being faced, as well as technological solutions. One new development we are currently working on includes delivering clean lightweight power using solid-state hydrogen storage.”

Lee Beard, Contract Director for Bouygues Energies & Services said: “We are proud to sponsor this years’ International Energy Conference and look forward to engaging with our industry partners and clients.  This is a great opportunity to discuss the risks and opportunities within the energy and utility management sector and examine how bespoke and sustainable solutions can reduce energy costs and impact positively on brand reputation.”

Director of External Affairs at Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, Christina Briggs added: “Attendees will have the opportunity to hear first-hand how they can make good energy investment choices for their businesses, about the latest technologies being introduced and how to reduce costly overheads.   The energy sector is continually changing and the conference will be an ideal platform to hear about the latest developments in the sector.” 

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Drilling for replenishment of Snøhvit gas - 09/08/2016

Drilling for replenishment of Snøhvit gas

The Songa Enabler drilling rig has started drilling a new injection well for CO2 gas on the Snøhvit field off the coast of Hammerfest. Next a production well will be drilled for replenishment of gas for Hammerfest LNG.

On Friday 29 July the new Cat D Songa Enabler drilling rig started drilling on the Snøhvit field in the Barents Sea off the coast of Hammerfest. Arriving from the yard in South Korea the rig has started its first assignment on the NCS.

Snøhvit is still the only LNG project in the world capturing and storing CO2 separated from the well stream in a dedicated formation offshore.

So far more than four million tonnes of CO2 from Snøhvit have been stored. The stored CO2 is being monitored in order to ensure that it does not mix with the main producing reservoir. A new CO2 injection well is now required.

After the new CO2 injector is installed, the rig will move on to drill the first new production well at Snøhvit since the field came on stream in 2007. The drilling campaign is planned to last until Christmas.

Prevents carbon leak
The CO2 solution project was established in 2013 in order to build and install a new CO2  injection well, replacing the original injector that over time would leak CO2 into the gas reservoir on the Snøhvit field.  

“Hammerfest LNG needed replenishment of gas in order to maintain the high production and capacity utilisation at the plant, while ensuring sustainable CO2 storage. This project is therefore important to Statoil,” says Geir Owren, asset owner representative for the project.

In the summer of 2015 an extensive marine campaign was performed. Pipelines and a template for the CO2 project were installed and tied in to the existing subsea facility on the Snøhvit field. The new subsea facility was built and installed without injuries and well within the budget of NOK 2.5 billion.  
“The distance to the Barents Sea presents extra challenges with regard to mobilisation and sailing time, which requires careful planning, thorough preparations and close cooperation with the suppliers. We are pleased both with the equipment suppliers and marine operations, which resulted in successful project implementation,” says project leader Sveinung Øvretveit.

The next big development step for Hammerfest LNG is the development of the Askeladd field, which is part of the plan for development and operation of the Snøhvit licence. It is expected to come on stream in 2020/2021. This development step will help ensure full utilisation of the capacity at Hammerfest LNG.

Statoil has submitted the Plan for Development and Operation of the Utgard discovery in the North Sea - 09/08/2016

Statoil has submitted the Plan for Development and Operation of the Utgard discovery in the North Sea 

Statoil and its partners have submitted the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) and the Field Development Plan (FDP) for the Utgard gas and condensate discovery in the North Sea to Norwegian and UK authorities.
Utgard illustration

Recoverable reserves are estimated at 56.4 million barrels of oil equivalent, whereas capital expenditures are projected at about NOK 3.5 billion.

Discovered in 1982 Utgard (formerly Alfa Sentral) is located 21 kilometres from the Sleipner field. The discovery has been considered for development on several occasions in the past.

“I am very pleased that we now can realise a commercial development of Utgard. This clearly demonstrates the effects of the improvement work that has taken place in the oil and gas industry in recent years,” says Torger Rød, Statoil’s senior vice president for project development.

Utgard straddles the UK-Norway median line, the majority of the reserves being located on the Norwegian side.

“Utgard is the first Statoil development in many years producing resources across the median line, and we are pleased to have found good solutions that address considerations for good resource management on both sides.  Good and efficient cooperation across the board, both in relation to partners and government authorities, has made this development possible,” Rød says.

The Utgard development will include two wells in a standard subsea concept, with one drilling target on each side of the median line. All installations and infrastructure being located in the Norwegian sector, the UK well will be drilled from the subsea template on the Norwegian continental shelf. The distance from the subsea template to the median line is 450 metres.

Gas and condensate will be piped through a new pipeline to the Sleipner field for processing and further transportation to the market. The Utgard gas has a high CO2 content, and will benefit from carbon cleaning and storage at Sleipner. Reuse of existing infrastructure is essential to the development of the Utgard discovery.

The Utgard wells are scheduled to come on stream at the end of 2019 In the plateau phase the field will produce approximately some 7,000 Sm3 per day of oil equivalent.

“Utgard provides new production which will be essential to further developing the Sleipner area, supporting the company’s ambitious targets for future activity and value creation,” Rød says.