Statoil developing new Norwegian Sea field

Statoil has today, 11 July, submitted a plan for development and operation (PDO) of Tyrihans on behalf of the licensees in this Norwegian Sea field to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

Statoil has today, 11 July, submitted a plan for development and operation (PDO) of Tyrihans on behalf of the licensees in this Norwegian Sea field to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

The oil and gas field will be developed with five subsea templates, including one for seawater injection, and with wellstream processing on Statoil’s Kristin platform. Tyrihans is scheduled to come on stream in 2009, when spare capacity will be available on the Kristin installation.

“This field calls for extensive technology development, but the work still needing to be done is felt to be at an acceptable level,” says Ståle Gjersvold, project manager for Tyrihans.

Pressure support will be ensured by injecting gas from Statoil’s Åsgard development to supplement the template dedicated to seawater injection.

“Extensive use will be made of multilateral wells,” explains Mr Gjersvold. “We’ll also be advancing our smart well technology to improve recovery from subsea-developed fields.”

Gas from Tyrihans will be exported via Kristin and the Åsgard Transport trunkline to Kårstø north of Stavanger, while oil and condensate are stored on the Åsgard C vessel for export by ship. Tyrihans is expected to yield recoverable reserves of about 182 million barrels (29 million cubic metres) of oil and condensate and 34.8 billion cubic metres of rich gas.

Total development costs are estimated to be just under NOK 14 billion (nominal).

The Tyrihans templates will lie in roughly 300 metres of water about 35 kilometres south-east of the Kristin platform.

A 43-kilometre pipeline linking these structures with Kristin will be electrically heated to inhibit the formation of hydrate (a kind of hydrocarbon ice).

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