Lundin stalled at Brynhild

Lundin petroleum chief executive Ashley Heppenstall.

Lundin Petroleum’s Brynhild project offshore Norway has stalled due to commissioning issues at the floating production, storage and offloading vessel for the project.

Lundin, which is operating the upstream portion of the project, announced that production start-up is now expected in the third quarter of 2014.

The FPSO located at the Shell-operated Pierce field has hit commissioning issues, despite the fact Lundin said the project was “progressing satisfactorily”.

The Brynhild field is a subsea tie-back to the Pierce field using the Haewene Brim FPSO owned and operated by Pierce Production.

A comprehensive modification programme has been carried out on the FPSO to prepare the vessel for the introduction of hydrocarbons from the field combined with existing Pierce field production.

Work included upgrading of topsides heaters, significant upgrades of metering systems, installation of upgraded subsea control system and replacement of the risers.

Because of the revised start-up date, Lundin’s production guidance for 2014 is expected to be between 25,000 and 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Lundin chief executive Ashley Heppenstall said the company was disappointed and frustrated by the predicament.

“Nevertheless we remain confident regarding the productivity of the Brynhild reservoir and the project delays have had no impact on Brynhild reserves,” he said.

“The delay in first production has clearly impacted our 2014 production guidance but we still retain our production guidance for 2015 of approximately 50,000 bpd.”

Lundin holds operatorship and a 90% interest in PL148 where the Brynhild field is located. Talisman Energy holds the remaining 10%.

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