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Plan of development and operation for Johan Sverdrup approved

Oilfield Technology,

PDO approval for Sverdrup development

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum) has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (Lundin Norway) has received plan of development and operation (PDO) approval for Phase 1 of the Johan Sverdrup field development, offshore Norway.

The PDO for Phase 1 of the Johan Sverdrup development was submitted to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (the Ministry) on the 13th February 2015. Following Norwegian Parliament approval on the 18th June 2015, the Ministry has now given its final PDO approval.

Following the execution of the Johan Sverdrup unit operating agreement and the approval of the PDO, Lundin Petroleum has booked net 2P reserves of 515 million boe/d for the full field development, based on Lundin Petroleum's 22.60% working interest. The gross 1P and 3P reserves for the full field development are estimated to be 1.65 and 3.02 billion boe/d respectively. These volumes expressed in boe include oil, gas and natural gas liquids and comprise approximately 95% oil. The reserves have been independently audited by ERC Equipoise Ltd.

A significant number of contracts have already been awarded for the development of Phase 1. Notably all four topside contracts have been awarded, with EPC type contracts being awarded to Aibel (drilling platform) and Kværner/KBR (living quarters and utility) whilst a fabrication contract has been awarded to Samsung Heavy Industries (riser platform and processing platform) with Aker Solutions being contracted for the procurement and engineering of the riser and processing platforms. The contract for the heavy lift installations for three of the topsides has been awarded to Allseas and the contract for the construction of the steel jacket for the riser platform has been awarded to Kværner, which started to cut steel for the jacket in June 2015. Odfjell Drilling has been awarded the contract for drilling of the wells. The pre-drilling subsea template was installed earlier this month and drilling operations are scheduled to commence during the first half of 2016.

Phase 1 of the Johan Sverdrup development is scheduled to come onstream in late 2019 and reach a gross plateau rate of between 315 000 and 380 000 bpd.

Lundin Norway has a 22.60% working interest in the Johan Sverdrup field. Statoil is operator with 40.0267% and the remaining partners are Maersk Oil with 8.44%, Petoro with 17.36% and Det norske oljeselskap with 11.5733% working interest.

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