Equinor gets approval to extend life of Gullfaks oil field

Equinor and its partners have gained approval from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate to use the C platform in Gullfaks oil field in the North Sea until June 30, 2036, which is the entire period of the production license. In its application, Equinor said the facility can be operated at a profit up to 2032, with an option for further extension in connection with maturing new improved oil recovery projects on Gullfaks.

Equinor and its partners have gained approval from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate to use the C platform in Gullfaks oil field in the North Sea until June 30, 2036, which is the entire period of the production license.

In its application, Equinor said the facility can be operated at a profit up to 2032, with an option for further extension in connection with maturing new improved oil recovery projects on Gullfaks.

There is a need for further operation of Gullfaks C, said NPD, both to recover remaining resources on Gullfaks, and as a potential host platform for other deposits in the area. Gullfaks C is key to recovering oil from tight layers in the Shetland group and the Lista formation over Gullfaks (OGJ Online, Jan. 17, 2019).

Gullfaks C is one of three large Condeep concrete platforms on the field with integrated process facilities, drilling facilities, and living quarters. Gullfaks C also treats and exports oil and gas from Gullfaks Sor, Gimle, and Visund Sor. Production from Tordis is processed in a separate facility on the platform.

Gullfaks C was installed in 216 m of water on Block 34/10 in May 1989. It began production Jan. 1, 1990. The design lifetime was 30 years.

Equinor serves as operator with 51%. Partners are Petoro 30% and OMV AG 19%.

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