Draugen field due new subsea multiphase pump

Norske Shell has let a $100-million contract to Framo Engineering for a complete subsea multiphase booster pump system for Draugen oil field offshore Norway, where the world’s first such system was installed in 1994.

Draugen field, in 250 m of water in the Norwegian Sea, has produced since 1993 through a concrete gravity platform that now serves as host facility for several satellite fields developed with subsea completions.

Draugen last year produced an estimated 34,000 b/d of crude oil, 20 million standard cu m of natural gas, and 60,000 tonnes of natural gas liquids. The main reservoir is the Late Jurassic Rogn sandstone encountered at about 1,600 m. The western part of the field also produces from the Middle Jurassic Garn formation.

According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, an infill drilling project designed to boost Draugen recovery will include four production wells. First oil from the project is scheduled for 2013.

Framo Engineering, a Schlumberger company, will provide a complete system for topside power and control, the power and control umbilical, and the complete subsea pump module and manifold.

Norske Shell operates the field with a 26.2% interest. Other interests are Petoro AS 47.88%, BP Norge AS 18.36%, and Chevron Norge AS 7.56%.

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