Statoil has unveiled its development concept for the Skrugard and Havis discoveries in the Barents Sea that will involve a floating production unit with pipeline to an onshore processing terminal.
The Norwegian operator intends to carry out a joint development of the finds, with combined recoverable oil resources of 400 million to 600 million barrels, using a subsea system tied into a semi-submersible platform.
Oil will be exported to shore via a 280-kilometre pipeline to the proposed terminal at Veidnes, near Norway’s northernmost town of Honningsvaag, where it will be stored in mountain caverns before being transported by tanker.
“This concept choice will facilitate further exploration and help make any future discoveries profitable," said Statoil’s head of development and production Norway, Oystein Michelsen.
He believes the decision will also help to promote development of local business to serve the offshore oil and gas industry.
Statoil is looking to submit a development plan for the Skrugard-Havis project to the authorities next year with production start-up targeted in 2018 and output projected at around 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
Statoil is operator of the project with a 50% stake, with Eni on 30% and state holding company Petoro on 20%.
The breakthrough Skrugard discovery was made in the frontier Arctic region in 2011 with Havis coming in a year ago, about 100 kilometres north of the Snohvit gas field operated and 150 kilometres from the Goliat oilfield.
The explorer is now targeting a nine-well exploration campaign in the High North over the next two years, including four prospects to be drilled in the vicinity of Skrugard,