This achievement marks a key milestone in the Alvheim development which is on track for first production in early 2007.
The first development well was spudded by the Deepsea Bergen on April 29th. The plan is to have continuous development drilling for the next two years when twelve development wells will be drilled.
The Alvheim vessel is now in Haugesund, Norway where it is undergoing topside and integration work as part of the conversion to an FPSO.
In addition to the use of the Alvheim FPSO, the Alvheim development will include subsea infrastructure consisting of five drilling centers and associated flow lines. Offshore installation of the subsea infrastructure has commenced per plan. The development also provides for the transportation of produced oil by shuttle tanker and transportation of produced natural gas to the existing U.K. SAGE system using a new 14-inch, 24-mile cross border pipeline.
The Alvheim development comprises the Kneler, Boa and Kameleon fields and is estimated to contain reserves of approximately 180 million gross barrels of oil equivalent. Lundin Norway AS holds a 15 percent interest in Alvheim together with Marathon Petroleum Norge AS as operator with 65 percent and Norske ConocoPhilips AS with 20 percent.
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