Njord tie-back planned for Gygrid

Statoil plans to tie-back the fast-track Gygrid oil field development to the Njord semisubmersible production platform in the Norwegian Sea.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Oct. 14
-- Statoil plans to tie-back the fast-track Gygrid oil field development to the Njord semisubmersible production platform in the Norwegian Sea.

Gygrid, discovered in mid 2009, lies in Block 6407/8, 20 km west of Njord (OGJ Online, June 12, 2009). Statoil estimates that Gygrid contains 30 million boe of recoverable reserves, mostly oil.

Statoil has ordered the components for Gygrid’s subsea production system with the longest delivery times and said that this will allow the field to meet the original late 2012-early 2013 start-up date. Development plans call for a single subsea template with one production well and an injector.

Without the production from Gygrid, Njord would have to shut down in 2015, the company said.

Gygrid along with PanPandora, Katla, and Vigdis North-East are the four fields in Statoil's first wave of fast-track projects (OGJ Online, May 17, 2010). The company said it now is adding to its portfolio a second wave of fast-track projects that include Fossekall-Dompap and Vilje South.

Operator Statoil holds a 35% interest in Gygrid. Partners are GDF Suez E&P Norge AS 20%, Norwegian Energy Co. ASA 17.5%, E.On Ruhrgas Norge AS 17.5%, Petoro AS 7.5%, and VNG Norge Operations AS 2.5%.

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