Frøy status

This article originates from the news archive of Det norske.

15. October 2010

Det norske and Premier Oil are once again evaluating the possibility of gas injection at the Frøy field. New studies give reasons to believe that this could lift recovery rate and thus increase recoverable volumes.

Frøy field in the North Sea

Frøy field in the North Sea

Det norske and Premier Oil are once again evaluating the possibility of gas injection at the Frøy field. New studies give reasons to believe that this could lift recovery rate and thus increase recoverable volumes.

Det norske and Premier Oil owns 50 percent each in production license 364, which includes the Frøy field. The license will once more consider the possibility of alternating gas and water injection (WAG), or simultaneous gas and water injection (SWAG), rather than just water injection.

As a result of this, Frøy will not start producing until 2014, at the earliest.

– We looked into this in 2008, but recent studies suggests that this may be more profitable than previously anticipated. It is important to perform this work before we start front end engineering and design studies (FEED). Depletion strategy is a vital input factor to the FEEDstudy, as it has an impact on requirements for both liquid and gas processing capacity, said Det norske Director for Projects and Technology Stein Fines.

The decision to initiate a FEED study will first be made when the partnership have received the results from the WAG / SWAG studies. These are expected in the first quarter 2011, at the earliest. A potential Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) may be submitted when the FEED study is completed, and financing of the project is in place.

– The delay means that we will not have first oil from Frøy in 2013, but in 2014 at the earliest. On the other hand, it is important to perform these studies before any development starts, and the big money is invested, Fines said.

Fines adds that the changes to the project schedule are challenging for the organization.

– Many players are involved in the project at this point and may impact and delay project execution. This means that it is difficult to meet project milestones on time, Fines said.

Det norske will as a result of the delay transfer internal resources from the Frøy project to other projects. The company will keep in close contact with contractors, which have submitted offers to the project, to discuss the changes to the time schedule.

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About Det norske:
Det norske oljeselskap ASA has interests in a total of 72 licenses, with 35 operatorships. Det norske is the second-largest operating company on the Norwegian Continental Shelf both considering number of operatotships and exploration activity. I 2009 the company operated nine exploration wells, and the high activity will continue in 2010. Det norske runs its activities in a safe and responsible manner in close cooperation with the authorities.

Det norske currently employs a staff of 190. The company`s registered office is located in Trondheim. The company also has offices in Oslo, Harstad, and Stavanger. Det norske is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (DETNOR).