BP starts production at Valhall oil field redevelopment

BP PLC reported that oil production began from the Valhall field redevelopment in the southern part of the Norwegian North Sea.

BP Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley gives Valhall a further 40-year design life with the capacity to handle 120,000 b/d of oil and 143 MMscfd of gas. BP expects Valhall production to increase to 65,000 boe/d in this year’s second half.

Redevelopment includes a 180-bed process-hotel (PH) platform, as well as a system of bridges and walkways that contain all utilities and process piping that link the PH to the existing complex. It is powered by a power-from-shore system via a 183-mile DC cable from southern Norway, a plan BP expects will reduce direct emissions to air from Valhall field to near-zero.

BP Norway operates Valhall field and holds a 35.9% interest. Hess Norge owns the remaining 64.1% interest (OGJ Online, June 22, 2010).

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