First oil on the Ekofisk South project in the Norwegian part of the North Sea has started.
The project will increase oil recovery in the Ekofisk field, located in the PL 018 licence and operated by ConocoPhillips.
Production capacity at Ekofisk South is 70,000 boe/d.
Image: The 2/4 Z being floated out of Egersund.
Ekofisk South comprises the Ekofisk 2/4 Z wellhead platform with 35 production wells and a seabed installation for eight water injection wells. The platform was built by Aker Solutions in Egersund, Norway. Water injection started in May 2013, and is controlled from an operations centre at ConocoPhillips’ offices in Tananger, Norway.
ConocoPhillips is currently also commissioning a new 552-cabin accomodation and field centre platform for Ekofisk. The platform was built at the SMOE yard in Singapore. The steel jacket and bridge were built at Kværner Verdal, Norway.
The platform will replace two existing accommodation platforms and a chartered accommodation rig.
A new platform is also being built for the Eldfisk field. A new steel jacket, bridge support with flare boom and gangways were installed this summer. The Eldfisk 2/7 S topsides are being completed at Kværner Stord, Norway.
“Ekofisk came on stream in 1971 and is still one of the largest oil fields in Norway”, said Patrice de Viviès, Total’s senior vice president exploration & production, Northern Europe.
"This start-up, together with those of Eldfisk II in 2015 and Martin Linge in late 2016, will significantly increase Total’s production in Norway by 2017
“Ekofisk South is also the first in a series of major start-ups that will contribute to the Group’s objective to grow its production potential to 3 million barrels of oil equivalent per day by 2017."
Ekofisk was discovered in 1969 and is about 300km off the Norwegian coast.
The Production Licence 018 partners are Total (39.9%), ConocoPhillips (35.11%, operator), Eni (12.39%), Statoil (7.6%) and Petoro (5%).