Njord Heading for Prolonged Production
Njord is an oil field located about 30 kilometres west of Draugen in the Norwegian Sea. Production started in 1997 from three reservoirs (Tilje, Ile and Åre). At the beginning of 2017, Wintershall Dea increased interest in seven licenses and has now a share of 50 per cent. The field is operated by Equinor. It is currently suspended ahead of a major upgrade.
The Njord field is developed with a floating steel platform, Njord A, which has an integrated deck with drilling and processing facilities and living quarters. In 2016, an extensive maintenance and modification campaign started to enable extended lifetime, output from the Hyme field and production from the Njord North-West Flank.
In 2016, the Njord A platform was towed to Kvaerners yard at Stord for refurbishment. The Njord Bravo FSU was towed ashore to Kristiansund. Until production was suspended in 2016, Njord had been on stream for 6,821 days, and 54 wells were drilled so far. Ten new production wells are planned on the field. The Njord Future project will see the redevelopment of the Njord and Hyme fields to boost recovery and extend their producing lives. In addition, the nearby Bauge discovery is planned to be developed.
In June 2017, a major milestone was reached as the plans for development and operation (PDO) for Njord and Bauge were approved by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Capital expenditures for both fields total more than 2 billion Euros. Njord Future is currently expected to start production in 2020. The production phase is expected to last until 2040.