Photo: Fenja project; Source: Neptune Energy

Audit finds improvement points for Neptune at Fenja project

Norwegian offshore safety watchdog has found a couple of improvements points at Neptune Energy’s Fenja project development located offshore Norway.

Earlier this week, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) said it had carried out an audit of Neptune Energy and its project management and project follow-up for the Fenja project.

The audit was conducted on 30 September 2020.

The objective of the audit was to verify that, in its project management, Neptune is ensuring that it is reducing risk in the project execution phase and preventing accidents during start-up and operation.

No non-conformities were detected during the audit. However, two improvement points were detected relating to the follow-up of elements in the management system and the dissemination of information and reporting.

The safety authority has asked for the company’s assessment of the observations it has categorized as improvement points. The reply deadline is set for 21 December 2020.

Neptune took over the operatorship of the Fenja field back in December 2018.

Fenja is Neptune’s first operated development project on the Norwegian Shelf and is estimated to contain 97 million boe.

Located in the Norwegian Sea 120 kilometres north of Kristiansund and at a water depth of 320 metres, the Fenja field will be developed as a subsea tie-back to the Njord-A platform.

Neptune kicked off its Fenja drilling campaign following the spud of the first well in April 2020.

The drilling program for 2020 includes two top holes and two geo-pilots, with an expected duration of 85 days. It is being carried out by the West Phoenix drilling rig, operated by Seadrill.

In September 2020, Neptune started drilling the Bue well on the Fenja field. Bue is, along with Pil, one of the discoveries on the Fenja field.

Pil is being developed first, with two subsea templates tied back to the Njord A platform for processing and export.

Production start-up at Fenja is expected in the fourth quarter of 2021.