Wintershall submits PDO for Nova field, in the Norwegian North Sea

5/16/2018

OSLO -- Wintershall has, together with its partners Capricorn, Spirit Energy, Edison and DEA, submitted the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for its operated North Sea Nova field (formerly Skarfjell) to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. The milestone comes on the back of the successful development of Wintershall’s Maria field, which the company brought into production in December 2017. It is the first PDO on the Norwegian Continental Shelf submitted in 2018.

Nova will be developed as a subsea tie-back connecting two templates to the nearby Gjøa platform for processing and export. Gjøa will also provide lift gas to the field and water injection for pressure support. Power for the Nova field comes via the Gjøa platform from shore.

“As well as selecting the most economically robust solution for developing the Nova field, utilizing existing infrastructure is the most environmentally friendly solution. We have a proven track record of using smart engineering to achieve our goals, and we are on that same path with Nova. Alongside our Maria and Vega fields, this latest development positions Wintershall Norge as an expert in subsea technology,” said Hugo Dijkgraaf, Wintershall Norge managing director.

Total investments (CAPEX) in the Nova development are estimated at around NOK 9.9 billion (EUR 1.1 billion). Recoverable reserves on the field are estimated around 80 MMboe, of which the majority is oil. Pending final approval by the Norwegian authorities, the license partnership now enters the execution phase of the development, constructing the field ahead of planned start up in 2021.

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