BP has, on behalf of the Skarv Idun Unit, submitted the combined plan for development and operation (PDO) and plan for installation and operation (PIO) to the Norwegian Authorities. The fields will be developed using a large production vessel (FPSO), subsea wells and an 80km gas export pipeline connecting to Åsgard Transport System, at a total cost of around NOK 30 billion.
The Skarv field was discovered in 1998, and it has taken 10 years to mature the field to its current stage. The development will also include the Idun field discovered in 1999. "With the submission of the PDO and PIO, an important milestone has been reached on the road toward production startup in the 3rd quarter of 2011. The next phase is the authorities' approval and the start of the construction phase," says Gro Kielland, Managing Director for BP Norge. In the meantime, preparatory works continue apace.
The Skarv and Idun development will be located in the Norwegian Sea, approximately 200 km west of Sandnessjoen, between the Norne field (35 km to the north) and Heidrun (45 km to the south) in water depths between 350 and 450 m. The fields are located in Production Licenses PL212, PL262, PL159. The Skarv Idun Development consists of the development the Skarv gas and oil field and the Idun gas field. Both fields contain hydrocarbons at three reservoir levels and the total recoverable resource basis is estimated to 16.8 MSm3 of oil and condensate and 48.3 GSm3 of rich gas. There are additional identified resources and prospectivity in the Skarv Idun area. These can be developed as tie-backs to the Skarv Idun FPSO at a later stage.
Participants in the Skarv Idun Unit are BP as operator with 22.8350%; Statoil with 34.11%; Shell with 28.0825%; ExxonMobil with 11.9175% and Hydro with 2.0550%.
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