Statoil files development plan for Mikkel field in Norwegian Sea

Statoil Friday gave the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum a development plan for Mikkel gas and condensate field that calls for production to begin in the fall of 2003 and continue until 2017. Statoil said costs are estimated at 2.4 billion kroner ($260 million). Mikkel field straddles Blocks 6407/6 and 6407/7 in the Norwegian Sea.


By the OGJ Online Staff

HOUSTON, July 6 -- Statoil SA Friday gave the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum a development plan for Mikkel gas and condensate field that calls for production to begin in the fall of 2003 and continue until 2017.

Statoil said costs are estimated at 2.4 billion kroner ($260 million). Mikkel field straddles Blocks 6407/6 and 6407/7 in the Norwegian Sea.

Mikkel is on the Halten Bank, 35 km south of Midgard field on the Åsgard license. The field will be developed subsea with production flowing to Statoil's Åsgard B platform via Midgard. The system will comprise two subsea templates, with two production wells each. The processing facilities on Åsgard B will be modified to be able to receive production.

Earlier, Statoil said the field would produce 20 billion cu m of gas and 30 million bbl of condensate through four production wells.

Statoil said the gas will be moved through the 42-in., 707-km Åsgard trunkline, which started operation last October, via the Kårstø treatment plant, and then on to continental Europe. The condensate will flow through an existing line to the Åsgard C storage ship for export.

Nina Udnes Tronstad, acting vice-president for the Halten/Nordland area, says that Mikkel is the first field in the area to be developed using the Åsgard infrastructure.

Mikkel owners are ExxonMobil Corp. with 33.48%, Norsk Hydro AS 10%, and Statoil 56.52%.

Earlier, Statoil awarded FMC Energy Technologies Inc. a $40 million contract to provide equipment and technology solutions for the development project (OGJ Online, June 21, 2001).

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