Total Gets Nod to Extend Skirne and Byggve Lifespan
Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSAN) announced Tuesday that it has given Total E&P Norge AS consent to extend the operational life of Skirne and Byggve to March 2024.
“The consent is based on Total’s documentation of assessments that conclude that the facility can continue to be operated prudently in compliance with regulatory requirements,” PSAN said in an organization statement posted on its website.
“A consent for use beyond the originally planned operational life entails that, in the PSA’s opinion, the applicant has demonstrated having oversight of the technical conditions and has plans for maintenance and follow-up, such that the facilities and equipment may continue to be operated in compliance with regulatory requirements,” PSAN added.
Skirne, including the Byggve deposit, is a field in the central part of the North Sea. Skirne was discovered in 1990, and the plan for development and operation was approved in 2002. Production started in 2004.
The field reached its peak production in 2006, according to Norwegianpetroleum.no, which is run in cooperation by Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.
Total E&P Norge holds a 40 percent stake in Skirne, with Petoro AS and LOTOS Exploration and Production Norge AS each holding a 30 percent interest.
Total’s history in Norway started in 1965. The approximate size of the company’s workforce in the country is 310 people, according to Total’s website.
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