Green Light to Develop Gudrun Expected Before Summer
On February 23, the plan for development and operation (PDO) of the North Sea Gudrun field was submitted to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy for approval. The Norwegian Parliament is expected to approve the field development before the summer.
"I'm very pleased that we now can submit an integrated plan supported by all the partners in the Gudrun license," said Øystein Michelsen, executive vice president of Exploration & Production Norway.
New North Sea platform
Plans call for Gudrun to be developed with a traditional steel platform standing on the seabed.
The platform will have capacity for partial processing of oil and gas, before the hydrocarbons are piped to Sleipner.
The Gudrun field contains around 132 million barrels of oil equivalent, of which two thirds are oil. High reservoir pressure and temperature call for special technology.
"Based on our experience from similar conditions, especially on the Kvitebjørn and Kristin fields, we can develop Gudrun with tested technology," underlined Michelsen.
Major contract to Aker
"Gudrun will form a good basis for developing other oil and gas fields in the area," said Michelsen.
Investment in field installations, pipelines and drilling of production wells will total nearly NOK 21 billion (nominal).
A contract for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the steel jacket has been awarded to Aker Solutions. Invitations to tender for the other major contracts will be issued in the near future.
Gudrun in brief
- North Sea oil and gas field in production license 025, about 55 kilometers north of the Sleiper installations
- Power is supplied to the platform by cable from Sleipner
- Production is scheduled to start in 2014
- Licensees: Statoil, operator (46.8%), Marathon Petroleum (28.2%) and GdF Suez (25%)
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