The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's report for the fourth quarter of 2009 provides an overview of the oil and gas production, drilling activity, new discoveries and seismic acquisition during the year.
The oil production on the Norwegian continental shelf in the fourth quarter of 2009 was stable and increased somewhat from the third quarter. Six new discoveries were made on the shelf -- all characterized as small -- in the fourth quarter of 2009.
The production of oil went down from 2.19 Mbbls per day in the fourth quarter of 2008 to 2.02 Mbbls per day in fourth quarter of 2009. Including condensate and liquid natural gas (NGL), the daily production of liquids fell by 160 000 bbls to 2.38 Mbbls.
Gas production in the fourth quarter of 2009 was 27.34 million standard cubic meters. This is somewhat lower than in the corresponding period in 2008, when production amounted to 28.21 million standard cubic meters.
Total petroleum production from the Norwegian shelf in the fourth quarter was 62.11 million cubic meters of oil equivalents. This is 3.32 million cubic meters of oil equivalents less than in the corresponding period in 2008.
Seven new discoveries were made on the shelf in the fourth quarter of 2009. The discoveries are considered to be small.
Six of the discoveries were made in the North Sea
The last discovery was made in the Norwegian Sea
Nineteen exploration and appraisal wells were completed on the Norwegian continental shelf in the fourth quarter of 2009. This is five more than in the corresponding period in 2008.
There were 22 mobile drilling facilities in activity on the shelf in the fourth quarter of 2009, compared with 21 in the corresponding period last year.
During the last three months of last year, 40 development wells and 5 sidesteps in development wells were spudded. During the corresponding period in 2008, 33 development wells and 8 sidesteps were spudded.
No new plans for development and operation (PDO) were submitted in the fourth quarter of 2009.
In October Bridge Energy AS was pre-qualified as an operator on the Norwegian continental shelf. Bridge Energy is a Norwegian company established in 2005. The company, with its main office in Asker near Oslo, has almost 20 employees.
In 2009, 3D seismics were acquired (tows with multiple parallel cables) in areas covering a total of 31,732 square kilometers of the Norwegian continental shelf. In addition, 46 220 kilometers of 2D seismics were acquired (tow with one cable).
The 21st licensing round
The 21st licensing round on the Norwegian shelf started on November 5, when the companies were invited to nominate blocks they would like included in this licensing round. The 21st licensing round is scheduled for announcement before summer 2010, and the allocation of new production licenses is scheduled for spring 2011.
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