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Solveig Oil Field, North Sea

The Solveig oilfield (previously Luno II) is located in the production licence PL359, within the Utsira High area of the North Sea, Norway.

Project Type

Offshore field

Location

North Sea, Norway

Estimated Reserves

Between 40Mboe and 100Mboe

First Oil

Q1 2021

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The Solveig oilfield (previously Luno II) is located in the production licence PL359, within the Utsira High area of the North Sea, Norway.

The PL359 licence is jointly owned by Lundin Petroleum subsidiary Lundin Norway (65%, operator), OMV (20%) and Wintershall DEA (15%).

The plan for the field’s development and operation was submitted in March 2019, while the approval for the same was granted in June 2019.

The estimated investment for phase one is $810m. First oil from the field is expected in the first quarter of 2021.

Solveig field discovery details

Solveig was originally discovered by the 16/4-6 S well, which was drilled in 101m of water on the south-western flank of the Utsira High, approximately 15km south of the Edvard Grieg field.

The well was drilled to a total depth of 2,233m by the Bredford Dolphin drilling rig between March 2013 and April 2013.

The well encountered a 40m oil column in sandstones of the Middle Jurassic age.

A drill stem test was conducted on the well, which flowed at the rate of 271m³ of oil and 53,900m³ of gas per day.

Geology and reserves of Solveig

The Solveig reservoir contains oil-bearing sandstones of the Triassic age.

Solveig phase one contains 57MMboe of gross proved plus probable reserves.

Appraisal on Solveig

Solveig was appraised by three appraisal wells, with the first well 16/4-8 S being drilled in August 2014, approximately 4km south-east of the discovery well. It primarily targeted the Central South segment of the field.

“A drill stem test was conducted on the well, which flowed at the rate of 271m³ of oil and 53,900m³ of gas per day.”

The well was also drilled using the same Bredford Dolphin rig and encountered a 30m oil column in the Jurassic / Triassic sandstones. The well was production-tested and flowed at the rate of 450 barrels per day.

A second appraisal well, 16/4-9 S, was drilled on the Utsira High in the Luno II North prospect, north-west of the Luno II discovery and south-west of the Johan Sverdrup field.

The well was drilled to a depth of 2,305m by the Bredford Dolphin from June 2015 to August 2015. It encountered a 23m gross oil column in the Jurassic / Triassic sandstones.

Pressure data from the well showed that the properties of hydrocarbons in the Luno II North prospect were different from those of the Luno II discovery.

Another appraisal well, 16/4-11, was drilled using the semi-submersible drilling rig COSL Innovator in March 2018, approximately 2.5km south of the discovery well in order to prove additional resources within the field. The well encountered a 20m oil column in the Triassic sandstones with very good reservoir quality.

Solveig field development plan

A total of three concept development solutions were studied for the development of the field as a subsea tie-back to the Edvard Grieg platform.

The phase one development plan of the field comprises three horizontal oil production wells and two water injection wells.

The future development phases involving the upside potential in the discovered resources will be drafted following the production status from the phase one.

The semi-submersible West Bollsta drilling rig will carry out the drilling activities.

Contractors involved

Rosenberg WorleyParsons was contracted to perform modifications to the Edvard Grieg field facilities, while TechnipFMC was awarded the subsea system contract.

FORSYS Subsea and Xodus were contracted to carry out two concept studies for the field’s subsea production system. The scope of the contracts includes the provision of solutions for the laying of cables, pipelines and risers to be tied-back to the Edvard Grieg platform.

Heerema Fabrication Group is set to conduct the concept study for the development of the field using an unmanned wellhead platform.

GE Oil and Gas, along with Emas Chiyoda Subsea, will serve as partners to FORSYS Subsea, Heerema and Xodus.

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