DevelopmentÆrfugl is a field in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea, just west of the Skarv field. The field includes the discoveries Ærfugl and Outer Snadd. The water depth is 350-450 metres. Ærfugl was discovered in 2000, and the plan for development and operation (PDO) was approved in 2018. The development is planned to be completed in two phases, and includes a total of six new production wells in addition to the existing well, previously used for test production of the Ærfugl discovery. Ærfugl is tied to the Skarv production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO).
ReservoirThe reservoirs contain gas and condensate in sandstone of Cretaceous age in the Lysing Formation. They have good properties and lie at a depth of 2,800 metres.
Recovery strategyThe field is produced by depletion.
TransportThe well stream is transported to the Skarv FPSO for processing. The oil is offloaded to shuttle tankers, while the gas is transported to the Kårstø terminal in an 80-kilometre pipeline connected to the Åsgard Transport System (ÅTS).
StatusThe field is under development. Test production has been ongoing since 2013 in order to acquire information. Production from the first of three wells in the second phase was accelerated and started in April 2020. Production from the three wells in the first phase is planned to start late in 2020.
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Source: The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
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