Njord back in production

February 8, 2001, 09:00 CET

Hydro's Njord oil field in the Norwegian Sea resumed normal operations early today, while the company's other installations hit by recent extreme cold have mostly returned to full production.

Njord, which was forced to drastically cut production in the weekend due to frost-related problems on gas compressors, will likely reach full production of 75,000 barrels per day (bpd) later today. The Snorre og Vigdis fields in the North Sea are now producing at a rate of 275,000 bpd.

Production on the Oseberg field center in the North Sea, which normally has a 200,000 bpd output, has been reduced to just 30,000 bpd the past several days due to the temporary closure of the land-based Sture wet gas terminal. The Sture facility, which also experienced frost-related difficulties, has resumed liquid natural gas (LNG) production, but because storage tanks are so full, will only begin to restart its receipt of wet gas deliveries from Oseberg later today.

Hydro's gas exports to the European continent are still presently out of action due to weekend frost problems. The Heimdal riser platform was ready to receive gas from the Oseberg D unit yesterday, but the Sture terminal can only resume taking Oseberg condensate from Oseberg D later today. Oseberg D production will subsequently begin to resume production to normal levels..