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Plan to Extend Production from Balder Area in North Sea to 2045

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 12/17/2019, Location: Europe

Var Energi AS and license partner Mime Petroleum AS plan to extend the Balder and Ringhorne production lifetime to 2045. The Balder Future project – revised plan for Development and Operations for Balder and Ringhorne, was submitted to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

The Balder Future project involves drilling thirteen new production wells and one new water injection well on the Balder field the North Sea. The aim is to recover 136 million barrels of oil equivalent (Mboe).

The project also includes extending the lifetime of the floating production storage and offloading vessel Jotun A FPSO.

The document was formally handed over by Var Energi AS CEO Kristin F. Kragseth to the Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Kjell-Borge Freiberg during a short ceremony at the MPE offices in Oslo.

Increased recovery
The Balder field is in production license PL 001 – the very first license on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). On current production estimates, the project will give the license a total lifespan of over 80 years.

? We are proud to carry the PL 001 legacy forward, and by utilizing existing infrastructure, we contribute to good resource management on the NCS. For Var Energi this is a major step, and we are proud to be the operator of the Balder Future project, which will be one of the largest projects on the NCS the coming years, says Kragseth.

Balder Future represents a NOK 19,6 billion investment, and is expected to create almost 30 000 man-years of work through the development project and operations to 2045.

In addition to the new production wells, the project will enable the drilling of extra subsea infill wells, and new wells from the neighboring Ringhorne platform. Var Energi also has plans to execute further exploration drilling in the area, which if successful will potentially add even more reserves. All these activities will take place while ordinary production continues at the Balder and Ringhorne fields.

Local suppliers
Earlier this year, Var Energi AS had already awarded an EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation) contract to Rosenberg Worley AS in Stavanger, Norway for the lifetime extension of the Jotun A FPSO. Also Baker Hughes and Ocean Installer in Stavanger, will engineer, procure, construct and install new subsea production systems (SPS), umbilicals, risers and flowlines for the Jotun A FPSO.

? We want to generate opportunities wherever we have our business, and do what we can to create employment and industry ripple effects. I’m happy to see that the main contracts have been awarded locally – which will benefit the supplier industry in the Stavanger region, says Balder Future Project Manager, Lars Havardsholm.

The Jotun A FPSO will be brought to shore mid 2020 for its upgrade and life extension. During the summer of 2022 the vessel will be reinstalled in the area between the Balder and Ringhorne fields.

Growth plans
Var Energi has reserves and resources of more than 1,900 million barrels of oil equivalent (Mboe). Daily production is expected to reach 350,000 barrels of oil equivalent by 2023, following NOK 65 billion investments in development projects on the NCS. Balder Future is a key project in this growth plan.

Var Energi
- Oil and gas production from 35 fields across the entire Norwegian Continental Shelf.
- Operator of the four fields Goliat (Barents Sea), Marulk (Norwegian Sea), Balder and Ringhorne (North Sea).
- 1,000 employees work at the offshore fields and onshore office locations; headquarters at Forus in the Stavanger region, and branch offices in Hammerfest and Oslo.
- Owned by the integrated energy company Eni (69.6 percent) and the Norway based leading private equity investor HitecVision (30.4 percent).

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