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  Oseberg Vestflanken 2 Statoil North Sea
The projected solution with an unmanned wellhead facility. The Oseberg field center is in the background and the seabed facility on the Vestflanken can be seen on the right. (Image courtesy Statoil)

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Partners submit development plan for Oseberg Vestflanken 2

Dec. 18, 2015  + + +  Statoil and its partners have submitted the plan for development and operation (PDO) for the Oseberg Vestflanken 2 in the North Sea.

The development will consist of an unmanned wellhead platform with 10 well slots. The wells will be remote-controlled from the Oseberg field center. Two existing subsea wells will also be reused and the well stream will be routed to Oseberg field center via a new pipeline.

The development cost is projected at NOK 8.2 billion ($936 million), and is expected to recover 110 MMboe. Production start-up is scheduled for the 2Q 2018.

Wellhead platforms with no facilities, helicopter deck or lifeboats represent a new solution in Norway, but it has been thoroughly tested in other areas, such as the Danish and Dutch continental shelves.

Oseberg Vestflanken 2 is the first of three planned phases for developing the remaining reserves in the Oseberg area. The licensees are: Statoil (operator and 49.3%), Petoro (33.6%), Total (14.7%), and ConocoPhillips (2.4%).

Tomas Mørch, assistant director for the North Sea North in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), has deemed Oseberg Vestflanken 2 to be a good project for further development of the area: “I think it’s positive that the Oseberg licensees have decided on a project for improved recovery in these demanding times.”

The NPD encourages companies to consider unmanned wellhead platforms more often in relation to seabed developments, when development decisions are made.

Source: Statoil
Published by Offshore Staff, Offshore Magazine



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