Statoil submits PDO for fast-track Skuld development offshore Norway

By OGJ editors

Statoil and its partners submitted to Norwegian authorities a 10 billion kroner plan for development and operation (PDO) of Skuld on Blocks 6608/10 and 6608/11 in the Halten Bank of the Norwegian Sea.

Statoil estimates the development contains about 90 million boe, mostly oil.

Skuld (formally called Fossekall-Dompap) will produce through subsea templates to the Norne floating production, storage, and offloading vessel on Block 6608/10. Statoil expects production to start as early as yearend 2012.

Skuld will produce through three standard subsea templates with six production wells and three water injection wells and tie in to the Norne production ship with a 14-in. production flowline and umbilical.

The Skuld templates are 16 km and 26 km from the Norne FPSO.

Since starting to produce in 1997, Statoil has tied in several satellite fields to Norn. The new discoveries have contributed to extend the life of Norne to 2021 and possibly 2030, according to Statoil.

Skuld is the largest of the five fast-track projects on which Statoil has submitted PDOs. It expects the five projects to produce about 90,000 b/d in 2014, with Skuld contributing more than half the volume.

Fossekall, a 2010 discovery, lies in 352 m of water on Production License 128. The discovery well bottomed at 2,749 m below sea level in the Are formation, proving oil in that formation as well as in Ile and Tofte strata and gas in the Melke formation, all Jurassic.

Statoil reported the smaller Dompap discovery to the north of Fossekall in 2009. The well was drilled to 3,158 m below sea level in 334 m of water and proved an 110-m oil column in the Are formation.

Interest owners in PL 128 are operator Statoil 64%, Petoro AS 24.5%, and Eni Norge AS 11.5%.

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