Statoil and its partners have unveiled plans to develop the Vilje South field in the Norwegian North Sea.

The field, which is an extension of the main Vilje development, is covered under the original plan for development and operation, and required a total investment of Nkr1.1bn ($186.52m).

It is estimated to hold recoverable resources of 7.6 million barrels of oil equivalent, mainly crude.

The development comprises a standard subsea template with one well tied back for processing to a seabed structure operated by Marathon at Alvheim.

The template, which is under construction by Aker, will be installed in 2013 with the rest of the subsea equipment.

Net oil production from the Vilje South well for 2014 is 5,000 barrels per day.

Drilling work at the new well will start early in 2013 and come onstream towards the end of 2013.

Statoil operates the field on a 28.5% interest, with Marathon Petroleum Norway, which holds 49.9% and Total E&P Norway with 24.24%.