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Production & development

Repsol produces about 30,000 barrels of oil equivalents per day from fields in the Norwegian shelf. It is operator for the Gyda, Varg, Blane and Rev fields and has ownership interests in several others.

Repsol dramatically expanded its presence in Norway with the acquisition of Talisman Energy. We now have licences in 25 blocks (per July 2017) for the exploration, production and development. In Norway, Repsol operates the Blane, Gyda, Rev, Yme and Varg. We also hold interests in a number of non-operated fields with associated production facilities and intrafield pipelines including Gudrun, Brage, Veslefrikk, Visund, Huldra and Tambar East.

Blane

Blane is developed with a subsea facility, which is tied back to the Ula field. The subsea installation is situated on the British Continental Shelf. The ocean depth at the site is around 70 meters.

Operator:

  • Repsol Norge AS

Licensees in Blane Unit:

  • Repsol Norge AS: 18% 
  • Talisman Sinopec Energy UK: 25% 
  • Rock Oil: 12,5% 
  • Dana Petroleum:12,5% 
  • JX Nippon Oil: 14% 
  • Faraoe Petroleum: 18%

Brage

Brage is developed with a platform resting on the seabed, encompassing drilling, treatment and accommodation facilities on a steel jacket. The area’s ocean depth is 140 meters. Originally, the Brage field was supposed to be shut down in 2005. The fields license periode expires in 2015. A license extension to 2030 is now under consideration by the authorities. 1 October 2013, Wintershall took over Statoil's share in the field and become the operator.

Operator:

  • Wintershall Norge ASA

Production start-up:

  • September 1993

Licensees:

  • Repsol Norge AS 33,84% 
  • Wintershall Norge ASA 35,2% 
  • Faroe Petroleum Norge AS 14,26% 
  • Core Energy AS 12,26% 
  • VNG Norge AS 4,44%

Gyda

Gyda

The Gyda field was proven in 1980 and developed by the use of an integrated steel platform at a depth of 66 meters. The oil is transported by pipeline to Teesside via Ekofisk. The gas is piped to the Ekofisk complex and on to Emden. 

In June 2017 the Norwegian authorities approved the decommission plan for the Gyda field. The decommission scope includes permanent plugging of 32 wells on the field, removal of platform and undercarriage, as well as removal of installations on the seabed. All Gyda installations should be removed by 2023.

Operator:

  • Repsol Norge AS

Production start-up:

  • 21. June 1990

Licensees:

  • Repsol Norge AS 61% 
  • INEOS E&P Norge AS 34% 
  • KUFPEC Norway AS 5%

Rev

Rev was discovered in February 2001. Varg gas is exported through Rev since February 2014. The well stream is routed through a pipeline to the Armada field in the British sector.

Operator:

  • Repsol Norge AS

Production start-up:

  • 2008

Licensees:

  • Repsol Norge AS70% 
  • Petoro AS 30%

On 16th April 2018 the Rev UKCS decommissioning programme was approved by the Secretary of State. A Copy of this document along with the EIA and Comparative assessment can be found below and also on OPRED website, see link below:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/oil-and-gas-decommissioning-of-offshore-installations-and-pipelines#table-of-approved-decommissioning-programmes

Varg

Varg

The Varg field was discovered in 1984 and is located south of the Sleipner Øst field. The Varg field is developed at a water depth of 84 meters with a wellhead platform (Varg A) and a Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO). The production commenced on 24th December 1998. Associated gas was re-injected into the reservoir up to 5th February 2014 when a gas export pipeline route from Varg via Rev and Armada was commissioned. Cease of Varg production occurred on 2nd June and the FPSO left the field on 30th July 2016.

The Varg field has been a tremendous success for Repsol and its partners and has produced 3 times the promised oil volumes in the POD (Plan for Operation and Development) approved by the Norwegian authorities.

In 2015 and 2016 necessary decommissioning work was executed to enable the safe sail-way of the FPSO and subsequent permanent P&A of the wells in 2017/18.The outstanding decommissioning work is to be completed summer 2018 and consists of 3 offshore campaigns in to fully remove the Varg A platform with subsequent onshore disposal in 2H 2018.

Operator:

  • Repsol Norge AS

Production start-up:

  • 22. december 1998

Licensees:

  • Repsol Norge AS 65% 
  • Petoro AS 30% 
  • AkerBP ASA 5%

Veslefrikk

The Veslefrikk field was proven in 1981 and has been developed with a well-head platform (Veslefrikk A) resting on the seabed, and a semi-subersible platform with a processing facility and accomodation quarters (Veslefrikk B). The ocean depths at the installations are 175 meters.

Operator:

  • Statoil Petroleum AS

Production start-up:

  • 26. december 1989

Licensees:

  • Petoro AS 37% 
  • Repsol Norge AS 27% 
  • Statoil Petroleum AS 18% 
  • RWE Dea Norge AS 13.5% 
  • Wintershall Norge ASA 4.5%

Yme

Yme

The Yme field was discovered in 1987 located in Block 9/2 and 9/5 in the Egersund Basin, approximately 100 km from the Norwegian coastline. The field was in production from 1996 to 2001. The main reason for abandonment was the combination of high cost and low oil prices. Current licensees were awarded the rights to block 9/2 and 9/5 (production license 316/316B) 18 June 2004. 

A Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for Yme re-development was approved by the Norwegian Government 11 May 2007. This re-development was based on a lease of a production unit (MOPU platform). This platform, that was installed summer 2011, was never completed and the platform was left de-manned since 10 July 2012 due to the discovery of significant structural defects. The discovery of structural defects eventually led the owner of the MOPU, Single Buoy Moorings, Inc. (SBM) to declare the MOPU as scrap, and a commercial settlement was subsequently agreed between the licensees and SBM. The MOPU was removed from the field August 2016 and handed over to the platform-owner. 

On 19 December Repsol submitted a revised Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) of the Yme field to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. On 23 March 2018 the revised plan was approved by the Ministry.

The revised PDO is based on re-use of existing facilities to the extent possible, a new wellhead module on top of the existing caisson and the lease of the a mobile offshore drilling- and production unit. The existing storage tank, caisson, pipelines, subsea templates and offloading system will be reused. All existing wells will be used and further wells will be drilled.The recoverable oil reserves for the Yme field are estimated at approximately 65 million barrels at 10 year’s total production. First oil from Yme is planned for the first half of 2020.



Licensees:

  • Repsol Norge AS (55% working interest) 
  • Lotos Exploration and Production Norge AS (20% working interest) 
  • KUFPEC Norway AS (10% working interest) 
  • OKEA AS (15% working interest)


Documents (Information only available in Norwegian)

Utbygging og drift av Yme: 
- konsekvensutredning 2006 her PDF (5,06 MB)
 
Avslutning av Yme-feltet: 
- høringsbrev 2015 her PDF (2,03 MB)
- forslag til utredningsprogram 2015 her PDF
- konsekvensutredning 2016 her
 
Yme New Development: 
- høringsbrev utredningsprogram 2016 her
- forslag til utredningsprogram 2016 her
- høringsbrev for tillegg til konsekvensutredning 2017 her
- tillegg til konsekvensutredning 2017 her

- Repsol Norges tilsvar til høringsuttalelser til tillegg til konsekvensutredning 2017 her PDF (124 KB)

- Yme New Development- kraft fra land rapport her PDF (1,4 MB)

- "Yme New Development- high level evaluation of electrification alternative” rapport her PDF (2,3 MB)

Gudrun

Gudrun Photo courtesy of Statoil

Gudrun is located 50 kilometres north of Sleipner. The water depth is approximately 110 metres. Gudrun is being developed with a fixed facility with a steel jacket and first-stage processing, tied back to Sleipner A through two dedicated pipelines; one for oil and one for rich gas. On the Sleipner A facility the oil and gas is being processed and exported. Production started in April 2014.

Operator:

  • Statoil Petroleum AS

Production start-up:

  • April 2014

Licensees:

  • Statoil Petroleum AS: 36 % 
  • Repsol Norge AS: 15% 
  • GDF Suez E&P Norge AS:25% 
  • OMV (Norge) AS: 24%
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Grethe Elise Foldnes

Manager External Affairs 

Telephone: + 47 52 00 18 85 

Mob: + 47 992 30 931 

e-mail: gefoldnes@repsol.com