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Statoil to develop Snefrid Nord field

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Along with its partners, Statoil has chosen to develop the Snefrid Nord gas discovery in the Norwegian Sea. Located close to the Aasta Hansteen field, the discovery will be tied back to Aasta Hansteen. It is scheduled to come on stream in late 2019.

The authorities have received a supplement to the plan for development and operation (PDO) for the Aasta Hansteen field describing the Snefrid Nord development.

Aker Solutions, supplier of subsea equipment for the Aasta Hansteen development, will deliver the single-slot subsea template, a suction anchor and umbilicals for the Snefrid Nord development. The umbilicals will be delivered by Aker Solutions in Moss.

Subsea 7 will deliver flow lines and spools in addition to performing all subsea installations. The company will also supply Aasta Hansteen. By using the same supplier for both projects, Statoil expects to capture synergies. All contracts are subject to Ministry of Petroleum and Energy approval of the supplement to the Aasta Hansteen PDO.

Snefrid Nord was discovered in 2015. Recoverable reserves are estimated at about 5 billion m3 of gas. The development concept includes one well in a single-slot subsea template. This will be tied back to the Aasta Hansteen platform through the Luva template 6 km away. Snefrid Nord will produce some 4 million m3/d of gas in the plateau phase, the planned productive life being approximately five to six years.

The capital expenditures for the Snefrid Nord development total around NOK1.2 billion.

“Aasta Hansteen is a strategically important development as the platform and Polarled pipeline open a new area in the Norwegian Sea for gas exports to Europe. The projects also establish a new infrastructure, which will create opportunities for future field development projects in the area. Snefrid Nord is an excellent example of this,” says Siri Espedal Kindem, senior vice president for operations north in Statoil.

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