Newly upgraded Njord field opens with ambitions for doubling its production
Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Aasland officially opened the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea on 15 May. The platform and the floating storage and offloading vessel (FSO) have undergone extensive upgrades and are expected to double the field life – and more than double production.
“With the war in Ukraine, the export of Norwegian oil and gas to Europe has never been more important than now. Reopening Njord contributes to Norway remaining a stable supplier of gas to Europe for many years to come,” Mr Aasland said.
The Njord field started production in 1997 and was originally supposed to produce until 2013. However, systematic work with increased recovery means that there are still large volumes of oil and gas left. New discoveries in the area can also be produced and exported via Njord.
In 2016, the platform and FSO were disconnected from the field and towed to shore for extensive upgrades. On 27 December 2022, production resumed from the Njord field.
“This is the first time a platform and an FSO have been disconnected from the field, upgraded and towed back offshore. We have now doubled the field life,” said Grete B. Haaland, Equinor Senior Vice President for Exploration and Production North. “It has been a big and demanding job, partly carried out during a pandemic, and I would like to thank everyone involved in preparing Njord for continuing its supply of oil and gas to the market. With the prices we anticipate in the coming years, this comprehensive upgrading project will be repaid in in just under two years after startup.”
Equinor says it aims to double production and produce approximately the same volume from Njord as the company has already produced so far, around 250 million bbl of oil equivalent.
Ten new wells will be drilled on Njord from an upgraded drilling facility, and more exploration will be carried out close to the field.
In addition, two new subsea fields have already been tied back to Njord. On 8 April, the Equinor-operated Bauge field started its production, while the Fenja subsea field, operated by Njord partner Neptune Energy, came on stream on 27 April. Recoverable volumes from the two fields combined are 110 million bbl of oil equivalent.
Plans call for future partial electrification of the Njord field based on power from shore via the Norwegian Sea Draugen platform, thereby reducing annual CO2 emissions by around 130,000 tonnes.