“I name you Huldra, and wish you a fantastic life as a gas producer here in the North Sea,” said Else Fjell when she performed the official inauguration of the Statoil field on 15 June.
This occasion was celebrated with champagne on the platform deck and the unveiling of a brass plate with the date and Ms Fjell’s name engraved on it.
Guests included representatives of the Huldra partners, Gunnar Nybø from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and Statoil chief executive Olav Fjell.
Also present were Henrik Carlsen, executive vice president for Exploration & Production Norway, and Roar S Andersen, operations vice president for Huldra and Veslefrikk.
Guests at the inauguration dinner, held in Bergen that evening, received a lithograph by Craig Flannagan inspired by the huldra nymphs of Norwegian legend. The Statoil Big Band entertained.
Huldra will normally be operated remotely from Statoil’s Veslefrikk field. Mr Andersen reports that 20-odd people are now on board to prepare the switch to unstaffed operation, due on 1 July.
The field came on stream last autumn and is now producing from six wells at a plateau rate of roughly 10 million cubic metres of gas and 26 000 barrels of condensate per day.
It is expected to remain in production for seven years.