Norway Approves 3 Gas Fields To Boost Natural Gas Production

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…………As its partners, the and the UK, scramble for gas supply ahead winter

Last Friday, Norway approved proposals for three gas field developments that will further increase production from the Norwegian Continental Shelf in the short to medium term.

Norway’s decisions to allow higher gas production and approve more gas field developments come as its partners, the and the UK, scramble for gas supply ahead of the winter.

Bloomberg said the decision could be one of rationing for some industries and even households if Russian gas supply to Europe stops.

Earlier, the country approved applications from operators to boost production from several operating gas fields. The Norwegian ministry of petroleum and energy said early last week that it is expecting record gas sales via pipelines to Europe this year.

The ministry heeded applications from operators on the shelf and allowed higher gas production from the Troll, Gina Krog, Duva, Oseberg, Åsgard, and Mikkel fields.

The energy ministry has also granted a production permit for the Nova gas field, which is expected to start up in the near future. Contained in the new field development proposals is the development plan for the third phase of the Ormen Lange field, the second-largest gas field Norway.

The start of production at Ormen Lange Phase 3 is expected in 2025. “The project will increase the recovery rate from Ormen Lange from 75% to 85%. The Phase 3 development will help maintain gas supply from Norway to our friends in Europe from the middle of this decade, minister of petroleum and energy, Terje Aasland said.

The Ormen Lange gas field in the Norwegian Sea is operated by Shell. Gas from the field processed at the Nyhamna onshore processing plant supplies around 20% of the UK’s gas, Shell says. 

Apart from the Ormen Lange expansion, Norway’s petroleum and energy ministry also approved last Friday the development plan for the Tommeliten A gas and condensate discovery of the Ekofisk field in the North Sea, and the plan for the Frosk petroleum discovery near the Bøyla field in the North Sea.

Production from Frosk is set to begin in 2023 with an expected production horizon of 10 years, while production start-up at Tommeliten A is planned for 2024.

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