The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has received a plan for development and operation (PDO) of the Byrding discovery within production licence 090 B in the North Sea.  

Formerly known as Astero, the oil and gas discovery in block 35/11 has an estimated volume of recoverable resources of about 1.8 million standard cubic metres of oil equivalents.

The discovery is located 3.8km north of Fram and 27km south-west of Gjøa in water depths of 360m. It is operated by Statoil with a 45% ownership interest.

Wintershall holds a 25%, while Idemitsu and Engie each own a 15% stake.

Byrding was discovered in 2005 with the drilling of well 35/11-13, and subsequently appraised by well 35/11-14 in 2006.

The concept choice of Byrding was made in the first quarter of last year and the licensees are planning to begin production in the second quarter of next year.

"It is very positive that Byrding is now being developed and contributing to value creation both for society at large and for the licensees."

As part of the plan, Byrding will be developed with a two-branch well drilled from an available slot on the existing subsea template on Fram H-North.

The wellstream will be routed through Fram infrastructure and will be processed partially at Troll C. Later on, the oil will be transported through pipeline to Mongstad, north of Bergen.

The gas is planned to be sent through Troll A to the terminal at Kollsnes, south of Mongstad.

NPD Northern North Sea assistant director Tomas Mørch said: “It is very positive that Byrding is now being developed and is contributing to value creation both for society at large and for the licensees.  

“Good dialogue between the different players is the key to finding good area solutions.”


Image: Subsea template on Fram. Photo: courtesy of Statoil.