Petroleum company Equinor announced the resumed production of the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea.
The company announced that the production from the Njord field resumed at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 27, after the need to bring ashore the platform and the floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel for an upgrading project.
Equinor said that the field is now “back on stream, ensuring secure and stable energy supplies to Europe.” They explained that both the platform and FSO undergone extensive upgrades, and that the project has a “Norwegian content of more than 90%”
They pointed out that Aker Solutions is mainly responsible for the platform engineering and upgrading while Brevik Engineering performed the engineering duties for the FSO, which was upgraded by Aibel.
Equinor’s Executive Vice President for Projects, Drilling, and Procurement Geir Tungesvik expressed pride towards the project.
“I am proud that we and our partners, Wintershall Dea and Neptune Energy, have now got this truly unique project across the finish line.”
He noted that it is the first time for a platform and an FSO to be “disconnected from the field, upgraded, and towed back, and now doubled the field’s life.”
“It has been a big and challenging job, partly performed during a pandemic, and I want to thank everyone who has contributed. The Njord field will now deliver important volumes to the market for another two decades,” he added.
The Njord installations went live in 1997 where it was initially designed to operate until 2013. However, Equinor elaborated that there were large volumes left in the ground in addition to their discoveries nearby.
The platform and FSO were brought ashore in 2016, while in 2017 and 2018, the company received upgrading contracts for two installations.
Equinor Executive Vice President for Exploration and Production Norway Kjetil Hove said, “Our ambition is to produce about the same volume from Njord and Hyme as we have produced so far, more than 250 million barrels of oil equivalent.”
“This is illustrative of our strategic work on the NCS to extend the fields’ productive life and tying back new discoveries to existing infrastructure, while reducing the climate footprint from the production," Hove added.
According to Equinor’s plans, the Njord field will receive power from the shore via the Draugen platform in the Norwegian Sea in a few years. With this, it will be “partially electrified,” causing a reduction in the annual CO2 emissions by about 130,000 tons.