Svale strengthens Norne
Preparations are being made by Statoil to develop Svale as a satellite to its Norne production ship in the Norwegian Sea.
Proven this spring, the new field is estimated to contain roughly 100 million barrels of recoverable oil and should come on stream in 2003.
It will help to extend plateau production for the Norne ship by two years, until 2005.
A newly-established project team at Statoil's north Norwegian office in Harstad is drawing up a plan for development and operation of Svale.
This is due to be presented around the New Year, but continued exploration activities in the area could lead to changes in this timetable.
Project manager Eivind Garborg reports that the most likely development solution involves a subsea installation with four production and two injection wells.
This would involve piping the wellstream to the Norne ship, which lies 10 kilometres to the north-east.
An exploration well planned on the Falk structure in the fourth quarter could reveal whether this is a separate reservoir or linked with Svale.
Mr Garborg describes these waters as interesting, with several promising prospects. If Falk proves positive, two further exploration wells could be drilled in the area next year.
Svale lies in production licence 128, where Statoil has a 40 per cent interest. Other licensees are the state's direct financial interest (SDFI) with 25 per cent, Norsk Hydro 13.5 per cent, Agip 11.5 per cent and Enterprise Oil 10 per cent.