The Gudrun oil and gas field, operated by Statoil on the Norwegian shelf in the North Sea, has come on stream.
The field, co-owned by GDF Suez and OMV, is expected to produce 184 million barrels of oil and gas (oil equivalent).
Gudrun is co-owned by Statoil (51%), GDF Suez E&P Norge (25%) and OMV Norge (24%).
Originating from the Jurassic age, the field lies within the production licence PL025 and is located at a depth of 4,200m – 4,700m.
Though the field was discovered in 1975, its development was delayed due to high temperatures of 150° and high pressure reaching up to 860bar.
The production from Gudrun will be processed at Statoil’s Sleipner installations, located approximately 55km from the field.
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The oil will then be sent to Karsto processing plant and the gas to Europe through the existing pipelines tied in to Sleipner.
The facilities at Karsto and Sleipner were expanded as part of the Gudrun development project.
Statoil executive vice-president for the Development and Production Norway business area Arne Sigve Nylund said: "The Gudrun concept is a win-win situation. By using existing infrastructure, the Gudrun development costs less and Sleipner gains an extra customer. Gudrun’s start-up came at the perfect time."
"It’s good to see a new field joining the old giants – Statfjord, Snorre and Sleipner. Later on, Gina Krog will also come to Operations South. This field will also be tied in to Sleipner – yet another win-win situation."
Image: The Gudrun platform. Photo: courtesy of Harald Pettersen/Statoil