German oil and gas producer Wintershall Dea has commenced drilling the first of the total six development wells on its Nova field in the Norwegian North Sea.

The Nova field is located nearly 17km south-west of the Neptune Energy’s Gjøa platform in the Norwegian North Sea.

It is being developed as a subsea tie-back connecting two templates to the existing Gjøa platform.

Wintershall Dea operates the field and owns a 45% stake in it. Other partners include Spirit Energy Norge (20%), Edison Norge (15%), Sval Energi (10%) and ONE-Dyas Norge (10%).

The German operator noted that the commencement of drilling work on the Nova field represents the ‘start of the final major packet of work’ in the field development.

Wintershall Dea Nova project director André Hesse said: “Despite developing this field at a time of almost unprecedented challenges from the Covid-19 outbreak, all involved have worked tirelessly as One Team to safely deliver the Nova milestones according to plan. Getting the rig into place marks the start of the last phase for the Nova project.”

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Wintershall Dea is using the Seadrill-operated West Mira rig to drill the wells. The semi-submersible is equipped with an ‘energy-saving hybrid battery power plant’.

It will drill three production wells through one of the two subsea templates, and three water injection wells, through the second template, all in a period of about 400 days.

Wintershall Dea Norge managing director Alv Bjørn Solheim said: “In regions rich in infrastructure like the North Sea, it makes sense to engineer fields so they can take advantage of facilities that already exist in the area.

“We are strong believers in delivering our projects sustainably while also delivering value for our partners, our investors, and for the whole of Norway.”