Skarv is a field in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea. The field has been developed with a floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) and has one of the world’s largest offshore gas processing plants on this type of facility. The ambition for the Skarv area estend to 2040 and beyond.

Skarv was discovered in 1998, and the plan for development and operation (PDO) was approved in 2007. Production start-up occured on New Year’s Eve in 2012. Several deposits and fields are connected to the Skarv FPSO, including Skarv, Idun, Ærfugl and Gråsel.

The start-up for Ærfugl phase 1 in 2020 and phase 2 in 2021 contributed significantly to the increase of production from Skarv to over 170 thousand barrels per day. In addition, production from Ærfugl contributed to reducing CO2-emissions per barrel produced from Skarv FPSO by ca 30 per cent from 2022, and extended the lifetime of Skarv.

Skarv Sattelite Project (SSP)

In December 2022, Aker BP (operator) and partners submitted plans for development and operations for three separate developments in the Skarv area to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. 

The development projects, coordinated by the Skarv Satellite Project (SSP), consist of the gas and condensate discoveries Alve Nord, Idun Nord and Ørn. Each of the developments comprises of a 4-slot template and two wells, subsea tied back to the Skarv FPSO, 

The Skarv Satellites Project enables future growth by strengthening current infrastructure, increases the flexibility and prolongs estimated production period for Skarv FPSO. 

Aker BP and partners are also actively exploring in the Skarv area with the aim of making new discoveries that can be developed and linked to the FPSO in the years ahead.

Skarv FPSO

The Skarv field is operated with a production, storage and offloading vessel with a substantial plant for gas processing. Here, the gas is processed before it is transported to the Kårstø plant in an over 800-kilometer-long pipeline. Oil from Skarv is offloaded to tankers.