Snorre B Begins Production Early

Snorre B Production came on stream two months ahead of schedule. Production commenced from well C-5, increased in the course of the first few hours to a rate equivalent to more than 20,000 barrels per day. The start-up went very well, without any difficulties or mishaps. The early start is due to the fact that completion was already well advanced as the platform was towed into position. During the next few days a further two wells will come on stream, bringing production up to an expected level of 70,000 barrels per day.

Snorre B is a semi-submersible drilling and production platform located Block 34/4 and 34/7; about 130 miles northwest of Bergen. The platform will send fully-processed crude through a 28 mile pipeline to Statfjord B for storage and transport. Associated gas will be injected into the reservoir or piped via the Snorre tension leg platform to the Statpipe system. Snorre B is expected to produce 113,000 barrels per day at peak. An estimated 362 million barrels of oil remains to be recovered from Snorre B. New wells will be drilled to clarify whether additional recoverable oil is present in the area.


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