Operator Engie E&P Norge has awarded contracts to TechnipFMC and Aker Engineering and Technology for feasibility studies for the Cara project in the Norwegian part of the North Sea.
The studies intend to show the potential, challenges and opportunities at an early stage of the development. Specifically, they will consider whether the Cara discovery could be tied-in to existing Gjøa infrastructure through a subsea solution.
"Cara is the second largest oil and gas discovery made on the Norwegian Continental Shelf in 2016, with an estimated volume of 40-80 MMboe," said Raphaël Fillon, head of subsurface, Engie E&P Norge. "The well shows good reservoir properties and potential for higher resources."
Located in production license 636 (PL 636), the Cara well is 6km northeast of the Engie E&P operated Gjøa field in the northern part of the Norwegian North Sea.
Two separate and parallel studies
TechnipFMC and Aker Engineering and Technology will conduct two feasibility studies. The scope of work covers two separate and parallel studies that will identify various subsea solutions for a tie-in of Cara to the Gjøa installation.
The work has started and will be completed in June 2017.
Cara project on track
The Cara license recently submitted the Final Well Report and Discovery Evaluation Report to the Norwegian authorities. This means that the project is on schedule for a potential investment process, namely the initial phase of reservoir modelling and identification of possible development solutions (Gate 1).
"Together with our license partners, we will evaluate the possibility to use existing infrastructure at the nearby Gjøa field," said Fillon. “This will reduce both time and costs related to a future development.”
The partners on PL 636 are Engie E&P Norge (30%), Idemitsu Petroleum Norge (30%), Tullow Oil Norge (20%) and Wellesley Petroleum (20%).
Image: Cara well map/Engie E&P Norge