First Test Production from Snohvit

Gas has flowed from the first Snohvit production well during testing and completing by Transocean's Polar Pioneer semisub on the Statoil development in the Barents Sea.

Penetrating the Sto formation on the west flank of the field, this horizontal well flowed a maximum of 3.4 million standard cubic meters per day during testing.

“The productivity index was rather higher than expected,” says Thor Bensvik, drilling and well operations manager for the development.

He emphasizes that the completion job was executed with a very good result and without any discharges to the sea.

Polar Pioneer is now due to perform the same operations on the remaining eight producers and the carbon dioxide injection well drilled through Snohvit’s four seabed templates.

After the rig leaves the field during June, no visible sign will remain at the surface that regular gas production is ready to begin from the field.

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