Mikkel Field Inaugurated

The Mikkel gas development operated by Statoil has been officially inaugurated after being brought on stream well below its original cost estimate.

Developed with subsea installations, this Norwegian Sea field is tied back to the Asgard B gas production platform also operated by Statoil and began production on 1 October last year.

Its overall cost came to NOK 1.8 billion, reports Mikkel asset manager Torje Saur. The budget in the plan for development and operation (PDO) was more than 30 per cent higher.

"Since coming on stream, we've produced as planned and fully exploited capacity in our facilities," says Mr. Saur. "That means a daily output of 5.8 million cubic meters of gas."

Recoverable reserves in the field are now put at 28 billion cubic meters of gas and 40 million barrels of condensate – 20 per cent higher than the PDO estimate.

The Mikkel wellstream is piped to the subsea installations on Asgard's Midgard reservoir before being transported to the B platform.

Following separation, the gas is piped through the Asgard Transport trunkline to the processing complex at Karsto north of Stavanger.

Norwegian fabricators and suppliers have accounted for 90 percent of deliveries to the Mikkel development.