Skarv Area

The Skarv field is located in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea, and is Aker BP’s northernmost producing field. The field is developed with a production ship with storage and offloading capacity (FPSO), and has one of the worlds’ largest gas processing plants offshore.

The Skarv field is developed with a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit anchored to the seabed. Subsea wells are tied back to the FPSO from the subsea templates.

Skarv delivered a net production averaged to 30.0 mboepd in 2016, which was above the annual target. The increased production was due to more available capacity in the gas transportation system and enhanced utilization of Skarv’s plant capacity. Skarv FPSO delivered oil shipment number 100 in June 2016, more than a year ahead of plan. The operating efficiency in 2016 was 87% in 2016, despite of a 27 days planned turn-around.

In 2016, Aker BP acquired a non-operated license share in PL650 and PL838 from Tullow Norge AS. Potential prospects in these production licences are within tie-in distance of Skarv. This fits well with the company’s strategy of maturing infill opportunities and near infrastructure exploration targets in the area.

During the year, production from Skarv was successfully transferred to low pressure gas production, which will lead to increased production from the field.

Future outlook

Skarv FPSO is well positioned for future growth, and to sustain high production levels and high operating efficiency. Work is ongoing to optimize maintenance by doing more work internally and reduce the vendor based maintenance.

The Snadd test production permit for 2017 has been granted, and will allow Snadd to continue the test production and gain in depth reservoir knowledge. The satellite field Snadd, located in the Skarv area, are planned as a two-phase development. Plan for development and operation for phase 1 is planned to be submitted to the authorities in the second half of 2017. Snadd phase 1 includes three new wells connected to the Skarv A template, with planned gas production from 2020. The phase 2 concept is being progressed in parallel and may lead to production start in 2024 or earlier. Subject to partner approval, 4 D seismic will be shot in the Skarv area during summer of 2017, to further explore the resource potential.

Key Facts Skarv Area

    • License: PL159, PL212, PL212B and PL262
    • Aker BP working interest: 23.84%
    • Partners: Statoil, DEA, PGNiG
    • Discovered: 1998
    • Production start: December 2012
    • Production 2016 (net): 30,004 boepd
    • Operating efficiency: 88%
    • License period: 2033
    • End 2016 2P reserves (net): 67 mmboe

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