Simple Kvitebjørn solution
A simple steel processing platform has been proposed for Kvitebjørn by Statoil and partners Norsk Hydro and Elf.
The partners intend to submit a plan for development and operation of the North Sea field before Christmas, reports project manager Bjørn Bakken.
"This solution gives the best economics because we don't need a separate rig for drilling," he explains. "And it offers the flexibility to take output from new small fields in the area."
The jacket-supported topsides will comprise units for drilling, gas/liquids separation and living quarters.
Plans call for gas to be piped to the Troll Gas facility at Kollsnes near Bergen or via Norsk Hydro's Oseberg or Heimdal fields in the North Sea. Liquids can be piped to Gullfaks, Statfjord or Oseberg.
Located east of Gullfaks, Kvitebjørn is a gas and condensate discovery with reserves put at well over 50 billion cubic metres of gas.
Operator Statoil plans to apply by 1 October to Norway's Gas Supply Committee for permission to deliver six billion cubic metres per year.