Upgraded for the longterm: Njord has a long future on the shelf
A major refurbishment of the Njord field has put the asset on course for production long into the future.
Njord is an oil and gas field in the Norwegian Sea, a production hub for the region, and one of Wintershall Dea’s most significant global assets.
In 2022 the field restarted production after a refurbishment designed to prolong its lifetime to 2040 and beyond. Major upgrades beginning in 2016, of both the Njord A platform and the storage vessel Njord Bravo has put the field on course to deliver over 250 million barrels of oil equivalent over the next 20 years, becoming a key production asset for Wintershall Dea for the long term.
The Njord A facility is a floating steel platform containing drilling and processing facilities. Processed oil from Njord A is sent by pipeline to the Njord Bravo storage vessel then transported by tankers to the market. Gas is transported from Njord A via the Åsgard Transport System to the Kårstø terminal then on to European markets.
Njord is operated by Equinor holding a share of 27.5%, with the partners Wintershall Dea holding 50% and Neptune Energy holding 22.5%.
Electrification of the Njord field will help Wintershall Dea reach its climate goals, replacing gas-powered turbines with power from shore. The Njord partnership is investing in making Njord more sustainable, replacing some of the energy from the field’s gas turbines with clean electricity from the Norwegian mainland. The partners have chosen to jointly develop the concept with the Draugen platform which lies 30 km nearer Norway’s coastline. In the future, Njord will take part of its power from shore, delivered by undersea cable via Draugen.
A hub for tie-back fields in the Norwegian Sea
Njord is a host for two more fields where Wintershall Dea has a share. The Hyme oil and gas field began production in 2013, but was temporarily halted when Njord was refurbished in 2016. Located 19 km northeast of Njord, the subsea tie-back came back onstream in 2023 and continues to send hydrocarbons to the Njord A platform for processing and export. It has been developed with a single subsea template supporting one production well and one water injection well.
The Bauge oil field is another subsea tie-back to Njord. Located 15km east of its host, Bauge sends hydrocarbons directly back to Njord A via its two production templates. It will later take water injection via a well from the Hyme template to support production.
Hyme and Bauge have the same partnerships. Wintershall Dea has a 27.5% share of the fields. Equinor is operator with 42.5%, Vår Energy has 17.5% and Neptune Energy has 12.5%