Statoil, the operator with a 57% interest, said production from Svalin M, one of two structures in the field, will start in late 2013 from a well drilled from the Grane platform about 6 km northeast. Production from Svalin C, the other structure, will begin in 2014 through a well completed subsea and connected to the Grane platform with a 6-km flowline.
Compression facilities on the Grane platform will be modified to accommodate Svalin natural gas.
The field, in 125 m of water, holds reserves estimated at 75 million bbl of oil, about equally split between the structures. Its development, the ninth in Statoil’s fast-track scheme, will extend the life of Grane, where production is declining, to 2013, Statoil said.