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Equinor to start production at Utgard in September



Norway’s upstream regulator - the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate - have granted Equinor permission to begin production at the Utgard field in the North Sea. Production will begin in September 2019.

Equinor will begin operations at the Utgard field in September
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Located on the Norway-UK border line, Utgard was discovered in 1982, approximately 21km from the Sleipner field. It is estimated to hold recoverable resources of 56 million barrels of oil equivalent. According to the NPD the cost of the project is NOK2.7 billion ($300 million).

Output will come from two wells from a subsea template linked to the nearby Sleipner T process platform, with a pipeline and communications cable. Modifications have already been made on Sleipner T to process the Utgard wellstream.

“Utgard will utilize available capacity on Sleipner, which is positive. The project ensures good and cost-effective utilization of the facilities and the process capacity on Sleipner,” says Tove Francke, Assistant director for development and operations, North Sea south.

“We expect Utgard will create value both for the Norwegian society and for the Utgard and Sleipner licenses.”

It’s expected that the output will be sold with the rest of the condensate currently produced by Sleipner T, which has been part of the Gudrun oil blend since the start up of Gudrun in 2014. Oil production from this cluster amounted to 42,000b/d last year. 

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