Statoil announces enhanced recovery through subsea compression at Gullfaks
Tuesday, May 22, 2012This technology adds 22 million barrels of oil equivalent to the production from the Gullfaks South Brent reservoir. The partners will invest some NOK three billion in the technology project scheduled to be completed in the autumn of 2015.
The Gullfaks project is the second large subsea gas compression project planned by Statoil. In April this year the plan for development and operation for Åsgard subsea compression was approved by the Norwegian Parliament.
Both projects are scheduled to be compled in 2015. Furthermore Statoil is responsible for the technology qualification for Shell for a third not yet decided project, the Ormen Lange pilot. There are good synergies between the different projects.
For the Gullfaks field the investment decision means that platau production can be sustained for a longer period.
Around 2015 the natural pressure in the Brent reservoir on the Gullfaks South field will be reduced. In order to maintain platau production compression will therefore be required.
“Subsea gas compression will have great effects for the Gullfaks field. Thanks to this technology combined with conventional low-pressure production in a later phase the recovery rate for gas from Gullfaks South Brent can be increased from 62 to 74 percent,” says Jannicke Nilsson, Statoil’s head of operations in the North Sea west region.
Solution for more fields
The chosen technology is a typical solution that may be used for small and medium-size fields due to the compressor size. The consept may be used both for new and existing fields, and Statoil is identifying more potential candidates.
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