Statoil platform Njord A arrived at Kvaerner Stord on August 25 and will now be reinforced and renovated for production beyond 2030, Statoil informed in a statement.
This comes as a great innovation for the platform, initially expected to cease production in 2013.
“We have been able to recover more of the reserves than originally expected and following new discoveries and the Snilehorn development, field production will continue for at least ten more years. This is a big and important project and Statoil is working closely with the partners and suppliers to succeed,” project director for the Njord Future project, Snorre Grande, said.
VIDEO: Statoil Platform Towed to Kvaerner Stord
“The commercial basis for the Njord A renovation still requires production from Njord and Hyme, where we have identified 177 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) remaining to be produced,” Statoil informed.
Additionally, the Snilehorn discovery is scheduled for tie-in to Njord. Snilehorn contains 66 million barrels and the two fields combined will provide more recoverable resources thanks to the Gina Krog field, currently being developed on the Norwegian continental shelf.
The team responsible for the towing operation
For Njord A to receive the resources, the hull must be reinforced and extensive renovation will also be made on board the platform, Statoil stated further.
Statoil Passes Key Milestone with North Sea Platform
“We are about to pass a key milestone in the history of Njord as the Njord A platform comes “home” to Kvaerner Stord, where it was construction in 1997,” Statoil stated.
“We have been preparing the platform on the field since March. Marine operations have been carried out safely and successfully, and well within the planned execution period. It has been great to take part in the Njord A platform’s voyage to Klosterfjorden, where Kværner is now taking over,” project manager for marine operations on board Njord A, Knut Lorang Alvheim, said.
Njord has been on stream for 6,821 days and 54 wells have been drilled with a total production of 167 million barrels of oil since the start-up nearly two decades ago.