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PGNiG expects production from Ærfugl gas reservoir to start in June 2020

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PGNiG has announced that it expects the first well at the Ærfugl gas reservoir in the Norwegian Sea to start production in June 2020, with the next three wells anticipated to begin production by the end of the year.

PGNiG expects production from Ærfugl gas reservoir to start in June 2020

According to the Ærfugl Plan for Development and Operation the field will be developed in 2 phases, with three wells to be drilled in each phase. The license operator, Aker BP, estimates that Development Phase 1 is 40% complete. As for Phase 2, PGNiG Upstream Norway and its license partners decided to enter Define Phase with the aim of entering execution stage in November 2019.

"The Ærfugl development plan is on track. This is important because the launch of production from the field will translate into a significant increase in our gas output in Norway, which we want to transmit to Poland via the Baltic Pipe from 4Q22," said Piotr Wozniak, President of the Management Board of PGNiG SA.

Ærfugl is a gas condensate reservoir with the total recoverable reserves for both phases estimated to be 2747 million boe. During the peak year, PGNiG will produce from the field approximately 0.5 billion m3 of natural gas.

Ærfugl will be produced by 6 wells through normal depletion, plus a test-well that has been in production since 2013. The three wells from Phase 1 will commence production in November 2020. Earlier, in June 2020, the third well from Phase 2 will start production thanks to the use of existing infrastructure. The final 2 wells from Phase 2 are expected to start production September 2021.

The field will be developed with 2 new technologies. The first will be electrical trace and heating of the pipe-in-pipe required to prevent risk of gas hydration during transport to Skarv FPSO located up to 21 km away from the wells.

The second solution will be the world’s first 7 in. vertical Xmas trees which are required due to expected high flowrates.

PGNiG Upstream Norway holds an 11.92% interest in the Ærfugl project bought in 2007. The operator is Aker BP, while the other partners are Equinor Energy and Wintershall DEA.

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