Statoil’s veteran Heimdal gas field off Norway has been given a new lease on life after the country’s safety agency approved use of the main platform for another 20 years.
The operating lifetime of the North Sea field’s HMP1 drilling, production and accommodation facility has been prolonged to 2034 under the consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority, having been brought on stream in 1985.
Heimdal has only been producing small amounts of gas, having reached the tail-end of its production lifetime, and its field centre – also including a bridge-linked riser platform - functions mainly as a processing hub for other fields including Atla, Huldra, Skirne and Vale.
Statoil and its partners in production licence 036BS that hosts the field are working to identify additional gas resources that can be tied into the Heimdal platform, which is being modified to receive gas exports from the Valemon field due to start up in December.
Valemon will use an existing pipeline from Huldra to Heimdal, with Huldra gas exports set to cease this year.
Statoil holds a 29.4% operating stake in the field, with partners Centrica (28.8%), Petoro (20%), Total (16.8%) and Lotos E&P (5%).