Snøhvit is the first major development on the Norwegian continental shelf with no surface installations.
The seabed facilities are designed to be over-trawlable, so that neither they nor fishing equipment will suffer any damage from coming into contact.
No fixed or floating units are positioned in the Barents Sea. Instead, the subsea production facilities stand on the seabed, in water depths of 250-345 metres. A total of 20 wells are due to produce gas from the Snøhvit, Askeladd and Albatross fields. This output is transported to land through a 143-kilometre pipeline.
A total of nine wells have been drilled on Snøhvit, eight for production and one for reinjecting carbon dioxide. Six of the producers and the carbon dioxide injector were drilled in 2004/2005.
In addition, three production wells were drilled on Albatross in 2005-06. This field also forms part of the Snøhvit development. The Snøhvit and Albatross wells came on stream in 2007, while the Askeladd development will come on stream after 2020.