Clean bill of health for Faroe’s Oselvar and Trym fields

The Faroe Petroleum-operated Oselvar and Trym fields off Norway have received a clean bill of health from Norway’s offshore safety watchdog, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), following an audit of pipelines and subsea facilities.

The PSA said on Friday that the audit focused on Faroe Petroleum Norge’s management of the integrity of pipelines and subsea facilities on the Oselvar and Trym fields.

The safety body added that the audit was conducted on March 22, 2018, with no non-conformities or improvement points found.

Faroe is the operator of the fields which it acquired from Dong Energy, later renamed Ørsted, in December 2016. Days after the completion of transaction, Faroe received consent from the PSA to use the facilities and connected pipelines for the Oselvar and Trym fields.

The Oselvar and Trym fields were a part of an acquisition deal for five fields. Apart from the two, Faroe bought stakes in Ula, Tambar, and Tambar East fields.

The safety agency said that Oselvar shut down production in April. Assessments are being made of the viability of resuming production from the field at a later date.

Parts of the infrastructure are being transferred to Oda and used for tying this field to Ula. Trym is scheduled for temporary production shutdown in the third quarter of 2019, as a result of the upgrade to the Tyra field on the Danish shelf. Production is scheduled to resume in 2022.


The Oselvar field is in the southern part of the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, 21 kilometers southwest of Ula. Water depth in the area is 70 meters. Oselvar was proven in 1991, and the plan for development and operation (PDO) was approved in 2009. The development concept is a subsea template with three horizontal production wells tied to Ula. Production began in 2012.

The licensees have submitted a decommissioning plan to the authorities.


The Trym field is in the southern part of the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, three kilometers from the boundary with the Danish sector. Water depth in the area is 65 meters. Trym was proven in 1990, and the PDO was approved in 2010. The field has been developed using a subsea template including two horizontal production wells, tied to the Harald platform in the Danish sector. Production started in 2011.