The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has granted Statoil consent to use the Huldra facility in a North Sea license.
The platform will be used in production licence 051 and 052B, in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).
“The consent applies to the use of the facility in a cold phase, after the wells have been permanently plugged and abandoned, casings removed and the facility permanently shut down,” the PSA informed.
Statoil to Use Huldra Platform in Cold Phase
The Huldra field is a gas condensate field operated by the Norwegian oil major, located north of the Oseberg field northwest of Bergen, in the northern sector of the NCS.
Water depth at the Huldra field, which started production in November 2001, can reach 125 metres (410 feet).
Huldra went offline on September 3
The Huldra platform went offline on September 3, 2015 and all six wells were plugged by the jack-up drilling rig West Epsilon throughout 2016.
Until then, the field was developed through the use of a wellhead platform, which included a simple processing facility and was remotely controlled from Veslefrikk B.
Heerema Marine to Remove the Huldra Platform
The Huldra platform will be removed by Heerema Marine Contractors in 2019.
Following the removal, the equipment will be disposed and recycled at AF Offshore Decom’s base in Vats, Norway in the first half of 2020.
Statoil had put the platform up for sale and there was even some interest from ConocoPhillips.
The US firm planned to reuse the platform’s topsides on a new steel jacket with a tie-in to the Ekofisk complex to develop its Tommeliten Alpha licence.
However, the deal never came to fruition after ConocoPhillips shelved the Tommeliten project in March 2015.
Also this week, Statoil received consent from the PSA to drill the exploration well Cape Vulture in the development licence 128.
The well will be drilled by Deepsea Bergen, operated by Odfjell Drilling, and will start in November, lasting up to 33 days.