The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has given consent to oil major Equinor and its partners to proceed with work on the Snorre field expansion in the North Sea.

The Snorre field expansion comprises six subsea templates, all of them tied into Snorre A.

According to NPD, 24 new wells will be drilled, with 13 of them as production wells. The remaining 11 wells will be water-alternating gas injectors.

The recoverable reserves at the Snorre field expansion were calculated at about 195 million barrels in the ‘amended plan for development and operation’.

Snorre is an oil and gas field in the Tampen area in the southern part of the Norwegian Sea. It was discovered in 1979 and has been producing since August 1992.

The Snorre expansion (SEP) project is a proposed expansion of the Snorre field located in blocks 34/4 and 34/7 of the Tampen area, approximately 200km west of Florø in the Norwegian North Sea.

Equinor operates and owns 33.28% stake in the Snorre field. Other partners include Petoro (30%), DEA Norge AS (8.57%), ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Norway (17.45%), Idemitsu Petroleum Norge (9.6%), and Point Resources (1.1%).

NPD North Sea assistant director development and operations Arvid Østhus said: “The expansion of Snorre is a result of tireless work by both the companies and the authorities; work which has been ongoing for close to 15 years.”

In March last year, Equinor secured approval from domestic authorities to extend the life of eight installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The eight life extensions include Gullfaks A, B and C (2036), Oseberg East (2031), Snorre A and B (2040), Norne (2036) and Åsgard A (2030).