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Breidablikk field development plan approved

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Equinor has said that the plan for development and operation (PDO) of the Breidablikk field in the North Sea has been approved by the Norwegian authorities.

Production from the field is scheduled to start in the first half of 2024.

Equinor and its partners Petoro, Vår Energi and ConocoPhillips Skandinavia, submitted the development plans for the area to the authorities in September 2020. Estimated recovery from the field is around 200 million bbl of oil.

Contracts totalling NOK8 billion have already been awarded to companies in Norway.

The Breidablikk development will include a subsea solution of 23 oil-producing wells from four subsea templates. The field will be tied back to the Grane platform for processing before the oil is piped to the Sture terminal. The production will be monitored by digital tools from Equinor’s integrated operations centre at Sandsli.

The Breidablikk field development will include a separate cable for the supply of electric power and fibre optic communication from the Grane platform. The cable will reduce the costs associated with any further development of the field, in addition to facilitating the use of docking stations for subsea drones on the seabed.

Breidablikk will be phased in during a period of falling oil production from Grane and will therefore help maintain the platform activity level. The project has started the modification work on the Grane platform.

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