Germany's Wintershall has submitted its Skarfjell field development plans to Norway's Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.
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The proposed solution, which was first revealed earlier this month, is a subsea tieback to the nearby Gjøa platform.
“Moving into the next phase of the plan is a signal that Wintershall is committed to Norway in the long-term," said Martin Bachmann, Wintershall's executive board member, exploration and production, Europe & Middle East.
Skarfjell is Wintershall's second operated development project on the Norwegian Continental Shelf - the first was Maria.
Bachmann continued, saying that the firm chose "the most economically robust solution" for Skarfjell.
"We will now work closely with our partners in the coming months to design a plan that will take Skarfjell forward,” he said.
Skarfjell is in the northeastern North Sea about 20km southwest of the Engie-operated Gjøa platform, and some 130km northwest of Bergen. Skarfjell is expected to yield between 60-140 MMboe.
The Skarfjell reservoir will be developed with two subsea templates tied back to the Gjøa platform for processing and export. Gjøa will also provide lift gas to the field and water injection for pressure support.
“Reaching this stage in the development has required a thorough technical and commercial investigation into various development solutions for Skarfjell," said Bernd Schrimpf, Wintershall Norge managing director. "By deciding with our license partners to pursue a tieback to existing infrastructure as our preferred option, we believe we have found the best way of unlocking the maximum value from the field."
Several studies will now be conducted before the final investment decision and the plan for development and operation can be submitted to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Wintershall said.
Skarfjell was discovered in 2012 and is situated in the Quadrant 35 area in the Norwegian North Sea. The majority of the discovery is located in production license PL 418, with a possible extension into PL 378.
Wintershall Norge is the operator of PL 418 with 35% interest. Partners include Capricorn Norge (part of Cairn Energy 20%), Bayerngas Norge (20%), Edison Norge (15%), and DEA Norge (10%).