DEA has submitted a plan for development and operation (PDO) for Dvalin field in the Norwegian Sea to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in Norway.  

The development cost of the field is estimated to be €1.1bn and production from the field is set to start in 2020.

Dvalin will be the company’s first operated field development project in Norway. The field is planned to be developed with a four wells subsea template, which is connected to the Heidrun platform.

Gas at Heidrun will be partly processed in a new module, prior to transporting it in a new export pipeline to Polarled, to the Nyhamna onshore gas terminal.

At Nyhamna, it will be processed and transported to the European market.

The Dvalin licence is expected to produce around 18.2 billion cubic metres of natural gas from two reservoirs.

DEA Deutsche Erdoel CEO Thomas Rappuhn said: “It’s is a major step for DEA to hand-in the PDO and to transfer this project into the next phase.

"DEA has the opportunity to open a new area in the Norwegian Sea for gas production and export."

“The Dvalin development will contribute significantly to DEA’s ambition to further grow our business in Norway.”

Located in PL435, blocks 6507/7/9 and 6507/8 in the Norwegian Sea, the Dvalin field is 15km north-west of Heidrun, and 290km from Nyhamna in mid-Norway.

DEA Norge operates the licence PL435 with a 40% share, while Edison, Maersk and OMV each own a 20% interest.

DEA Norge managing director Hans-Hermann Andreae said: “Over the last few years, we have managed to reduce cost by more than 20%.

"As a consequence, DEA has got the opportunity to open a new area in the Norwegian Sea for gas production and export."


Image: The Dvalin field is about 15km north-west of Heidrun and 290km from Nyhamna in mid-Norway. Photo: courtesy of DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG.