Aker BP and its joint venture partners have outlined a plan for the US$230 million subsea tie-back development of the Frosk oil satellite in the Alvheim area in the Norwegian Sea.

The Frosk field, which is 25 kilometres south-west of the FPSO Alvheim, will be tied back to the FPSO via the existing Boyla and Alvheim subsea infrastructure, said Aker BP, whose project partners are Var Energi and Lundin Energy.

A plan for development and operation (PDO) for the project was submitted to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy on 27 September 2021.

First production is planned for the first quarter of 2023, and recoverable reserves at the Frosk field are estimated at around 10 million barrels of oil equivalent.

"The Frosk development underpins the prolonged Alvheim success story that both we and our partners can be proud of. The Alvheim area is among the most cost-efficient developments on the Norwegian continental shelf, and the resource base has multiplied since start-up. This is the result of targeted exploration and reservoir development, technological innovation and, not least, close collaboration with the joint venture partners and suppliers," said Aker BP chief executive Karl Johnny Hersvik.

Aker BP's contracting partners are the Semi Alliance (Aker BP, Odfjell Drilling, Halliburton) for the drilling and completion of new wells and the Subsea Alliance (Aker BP, Subsea 7, Aker Solutions) for the execution of the subsea facilities scope.

The Alvheim field consists of the Kneler, Boa, Kameleon and East Kameleon structures.

The Viper-Kobra and Gekko structures also reside in the same licence. In addiion, the satellite fields Boyla, Vilje, Volund and Skogul also are produced via the FPSO Alvheim, which first came on stream on 8 June 2008.

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