Equinor became operator for the Martin Linge project in March 2018.
The topside modules arrived in Stavanger on board the Black Marlin heavy transport vessel iand were subsequently installed offshore together with the living quarters and flaring module.
New wells drilled in the following years confirmed that this was a complex, high-pressure area, consisting of an oil reservoir at 2000 metres depth and a sizeable gas reservoir at 4000 metres depth.
In 2010, the then operator Total drilled a new well that gave important information. This knowledge, combined with innovation and use of advanced technology, made it possible to develop Martin Linge, a field with estimated recoverable reserves at around 300 million barrels of oil equivalent (oil and gas).
The field development concept includes an integrated wellhead, production and accommodation platform with a jacket, in addition to an oil storage vessel. When the field comes on stream, the gas will flow through a new pipeline connecting the field to the existing pipeline to St. Fergus in Scotland. The oil will be processed on the storage vessel and transported from the field in shuttle tankers.
The Martin Linge installations will receive land-based electricity. The field will be operated from land and have a limited offshore staff.
The plan for development and operation for Martin Linge (formerly named Hild) was submitted to the authorities in January 2012 and approved by Stortinget (the Norwegian Parliament) in June 2012.
Operator: Statoil Petroleum AS
Location: 42 kilometres west of Oseberg
Estimated production start: 2019
Production: Oil and gas