Halliburton Grabs Offshore Maria Development

Published at 11:30AM - 12/05/16

Global oilfield services giant, Halliburton, has been awarded a contract for the new offshore Maria development, covering exploration and drilling support.

The development is the latest offshore field to be given the green light in the Norwegian Sea; with Wintershall as operator.

“At an uncertain time for the industry, this contract provides a timely boost for the supplier market while laying the groundwork for efficient construction of our operated development and exploration wells over the rest of the decade,” said Bernd Schrimpf, Managing Director of Wintershall Norge.

Halliburton Grabs Offshore Maria Development

The four year service contract will see Halliburton support Wintershall’s exploration and development of Maria, and wider projects in the Norwegian offshore sector.

The agreement, which contains incentives for efficient well deliveries, can also be used for other Wintershall activities.

Wintershall and Halliburton will immediately begin collaborating on detailed engineering work prior to the start of drilling for the Maria development in the first half of 2017.

“With this contract, we are further pressing ahead with our first operated development in Norway. By using clear performance incentives, we are creating value for Wintershall, our partners and the Norwegian E&P supply chain,” said Hugo Dijkgraaf, Wintershall Director for the Maria Project.

Wintershall Offshore Maria Field Development Infograhpic
Maria Field Development Infograhpic

Workload Could Grow

The contract is effective immediately, and contains options that could extend the initial four year firm period by and additional four years. It also includes options that could greatly widen the initial work-scope.

Early next year, Halliburton will provide services supporting the drilling of six development wells on Maria’s subsea templates located at a depth of around 300 meters on the Halten Terrace in the Norwegian Sea.

Through the contract Halliburton will supply drilling services and associated tools, drilling and completion fluids, cementing, and coring. There is also an option for plugging and abandoning services.

Previous Maria contracts have been awarded to Odfjell Drilling and Expro.

Offshore Maria Development

Under the approved development plan, Maria’s two templates will be linked via a subsea tieback to the Kristin, Heidrun and Åsgard B production platforms.

The Maria well stream will go to the Kristin platform for processing while supply of water for injection into the reservoir will come from the Heidrun platform.

Lift gas will be provided from Åsgard B via the Tyrihans D field subsea template. Processed oil will be shipped to the Åsgard field for storage and offloading to shuttle tankers. Gas will be exported via the Åsgard Transport System pipeline to Kårstø.

Wintershall Offshore Maria Field Development Map
Maria Field Development Map

The Maria field is located approximately 12 miles (20km) east of the Kristin field and about 28 miles (45km) south of the Heidrun field on the Halten Terrace in the Norwegian Sea. Wintershall Norge is the operator of the license with a 50 percent share. Petoro has a 30 percent share and Centrica Resources (Norge) owns the remaining 20 percent.