Norwegian energy company Equinor and its partners have started production from the Snefrid Nord gas field in the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).

The Snefrid North field was discovered in 2015 and Equinor was granted permission to start field development in July 2017. Development of the field cost around $133m (NOK1.2bn) and production started ahead of schedule on 1 September 2019, with the original plan being to start production at the end of 2019.

The field lies in 1,312m of water and is located in the PL 218 licence of the Norwegian North Sea, approximately 6km from the Aasta Hansteen field.

Equinor senior vice president for project development Geir Tungesvik said: “Snefrid Nord has been delivered without any serious injuries, ahead of schedule and within the cost estimate.

“To a large extent, the development has been performed in synergy with Aasta Hansteen. As the two projects have used several of the same suppliers, we have been able to combine campaigns and follow-up teams in Equinor and reuse technical solutions.”

The Snefrid North development includes a well in a subsea template tied back to the Aasta Hansteen field by a pipeline and an umbilical. The template was installed by UK-based engineering company Subsea 7 at a water depth of 1,309m, making Snefrid Nord the deepest field development on the NCS.

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Snefrid Nord is the first field to be tied back to Aasta Hansteen, and the field’s estimated recoverable resources of 4.4 billion standard cubic metres of gas are expected to extend plateau production from Aasta Hansteen by almost a year.

The infrastructure put in place with the development of the Snefrid Nord field also means other satellites may be developed in the area.

Equinor senior vice president for northern operations Siri Espedal Kindem said: “We are pleased to see that the Snefrid Nord project has led to ripple effects and activity on the Helgeland coast. This is important to us.

“There are several interesting prospects and discoveries around us. The new infrastructure makes it possible to develop them and more attractive to explore around the platform and along the pipeline. There is high exploration activity and several discoveries already in the area.”