This FPSO started production exactly 16 years ago
On this day, May 19, 1999, oil production kicked off from the Åsgard field, offshore Norway.
According to Statoil, the operator of the field located in the Norwegian Sea, Åsgard ranks among the largest developments on the Norwegian continental shelf, embracing a total of 52 wells drilled through 16 seabed templates.
Oil at Åsgard A is produced through the 278 long, 45 meters wide FPSO.
The FPSO was delivered by Aker Solutions as a complete engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract and is based on the Tentech 900 design by Aker Solutions.
The Åsgard A FPSO measures 278m in length and has a displacement of 184 300t, with production capacities of 220 000 bbl/d oil and 840 mm scf/d gas composite. Oil from the FPSO is then taken by shuttle tankers.
Åsgard is located on the Halten Bank in the Norwegian Sea, about 200 kilometers from the coast of Trøndelag and 50 kilometers south of Heidrun.
Overall, Asgard is among the largest developments on the Norwegian continental shelf with its 56 production and injection wells divided on 17 subsea templates. Water depth in the area is 240-310 meters.
The Åsgard field comprises the Midgard, Smørbukk and Smørbukk South discoveries. Midgard straddles blocks 6507/11 and 6407/2, while the two other deposits lie in block 6506/11.
Saga Petroleum discovered Midgard in 1981, with Statoil finding Smørbukk and Smørbukk South in 1984 and 1985 respectively. The two companies unitised the three fields into a single production licence in 1995, with Statoil as operator.
Offshore Energy Today Staff