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Breidablikk geology

Breidablikk — safeguarding energy security and sustaining society

Breidablikk is one of the largest undeveloped oil discoveries on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS), and began production in October 2023. It is a highly cost-effective field, utilising existing infrastructure, advanced subsea technology and automated drilling. It will generate ripple effects for Norwegian local communities and society at large.

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200 million

Expected reserves of almost 200 million barrels

22 subsea wells

22 subsea wells drilled from 4 templates

55-60,000 bpd

Expected peak production per day

The Grane platform, to which Breidablikk is connected

Facts about Breidablikk

Location: in the central North Sea, 20 km northeast of Grane, west of Haugesund. Water depth: 130 m. Discovered in 1992.
Reserves: 30 mill. m3, approx. 190 million barrels
Production: Expected to produce at plateau level from 2024 to 2026.
Technology: Digital solutions, automated drilling processes and re-use of existing infrastructure (tied back to Grane platform, see photo)

Partnership: Partnership: Equinor Energy AS 39% (operator), Vår Energi ASA 34.4%, Petoro 22.2%, ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS 4.4%
Photo: Jonny Engelsvoll /Equinor

Read more about Breidablikk | Norsk Petroleum

No separate platform

One of the largest tie-back fields without separate production facility

1000 jobs

Helping extend Grane's lifespan and its jobs

90% local content

90+ Norwegian suppliers and ripple effects for society

Cost-effective subsea development

Breidablikk is a particularly cost-effective field for its size, designed as a purely subsea development and utilising existing infrastructure both offshore and onshore.

The field was completed on budget and started producing four months ahead of schedule. Climate emissions from the development were significantly lower than comparable developments due to the choice of subsea solution and the re-use of the existing Grane platform. This platform's operative life can now be extended until 2060, safeguarding jobs and value creation for a generation to come.

The project has had major ripple effects in Norway. More than 90 percent of the contract value has gone to suppliers with a Norwegian billing address. The main suppliers are Odfjell Drilling in Bergen, Aker Solutions, with large deliveries from Egersund, Wood Group in Sandefjord, and TechnipFMC, from their spoolbase in Orkanger.

Investments in the project are expected to be just over NOK 21 billion (2023 value).

Grane platform seen from Floatel Superior. Photo: Hege Lindqvist
Breidablikk is a subsea development tied back to the Grane platform, above. Photo: Hege Lindqvist

Development solution

There are still significant resources left in the ground and we have a world-class infrastructure on the NCS. The Breidablikk development shows how a competent Norwegian petroleum industry keeps developing innovative, cost-effective and future-oriented solutions with good social economy.

The field has reserves of around 30 million standard cubic meters of recoverable oil, approximately 190 million barrels of oil.

The Breidablikk development consists of a subsea solution of 22 oil-producing wells from four subsea templates.

The field is tied back to the Grane platform for processing before the oil is piped to the Sture terminal, from where it will mainly be shipped to Europe. Production will be monitored by high-tech digital tools from our integrated operations centre at Sandsli, ensuring high value creation from the wells.

The Breidablikk field development includes a separate cable for the supply of electric power and fiber optic communication from the Grane platform. This is a relatively new technology that can reduce the costs associated with any further development of the field, in addition to
facilitating the use of docking stations for subsea drones on the seabed.
Breidablikk is being phased in during a period of falling oil production from Grane and will therefore help maintain activity level on the platform.