STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN--(Marketwired - Feb. 13, 2014) - Lundin Petroleum AB (TSX:LUP)(OMX:LUPE) (Lundin Petroleum), through its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (Lundin Norway), is pleased to announce that the partnerships for the Johan Sverdrup field have agreed a development concept for Phase 1 of the Johan Sverdrup field.
Further to Lundin Petroleum's announcement on 20 December 2013, the final concept selection for Phase 1 of the development of the Johan Sverdrup field has now been decided by all partners in the Johan Sverdrup field, which spans across three licences: PL501, PL265 and PL502. Front end engineering for Phase 1 is currently ongoing and a plan of development will be submitted for approval by the Norwegian government in early 2015.
The full field gross recoverable contingent resource range of 1,800 to 2,900 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe), announced by the pre-unit operator Statoil Petroleum AS in December 2013, makes Johan Sverdrup one of the five largest fields discovered on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and when the field has reached forecast plateau production of 550,000 to 650,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd), field production is likely to represent around 25 percent of all Norwegian oil production.
Phase 1 - Field centre
Due to Johan Sverdrup's size and lateral extension over a 200 km2 area, the field will be developed in several phases and with multiple fixed platform installations. Phase 1 of the development will contain the field centre of four fixed platform installations as well as additional subsea installations. The field centre will consist of one processing platform, one riser platform, one wellhead platform with drilling facilities and one living quarter platform. The platforms, which will be installed in 120 metres of water, will be installed on steel jackets and will be bridge-linked.
The first phase of the development is scheduled to start production in late 2019 and is forecast to have a gross production capacity of between 315,000 and 380,000 boepd. It is anticipated that between 40 and 50 production and injection wells will be drilled to support Phase 1 production, of which 11 to 17 wells will be drilled prior to first oil with a semi-submersible rig to facilitate Phase 1 plateau production.
The gross capital investment for Phase 1, which includes oil and gas export pipelines as well as a power supply from shore, is estimated to between NOK 100 to 120 billion, including contingencies and certain market allowances for potential future increases in market rates. The Phase 1 field centre will also facilitate certain spare capacity for future phases and potential enhanced recovery. The licence partners are continuously working to lower the level of investment for Phase 1.
The Johan Sverdrup oil and gas production will be transported to shore via dedicated oil and gas pipelines. A 274 km 36"oil pipeline will be installed and connected to the Mongstad oil terminal on the west coast of Norway. A 165 km 18" gas pipeline will be installed and connected to the Kårstø gas terminal for processing and onward transportation. The export pipelines are estimated to cost gross NOK 11 billion.
The Johan Sverdrup resources not developed as part of Phase 1 will be developed through subsequent development phases. The scope and costs of further development phases has not yet been addressed by the Johan Sverdrup partners and will form the basis of later investment decisions.
Ashley Heppenstall, President and CEO of Lundin Petroleum comments: "Following the discovery of the Johan Sverdrup field by Lundin Petroleum in 2010 the concept selection decision is a major milestone for Lundin Petroleum, our Johan Sverdrup partners and the Norwegian society. The development of this field will be one of the largest project undertakings in the North Sea since the 1980s. The quality, size and location of this field are a unique combination and as a result we believe it will create significant value for all stakeholders. It is often quoted in the oil industry that big oil fields get bigger and we certainly believe that this will be the case for Johan Sverdrup. On the Norwegian Continental Shelf a number of the larger mature fields are achieving recovery factors at or exceeding 70 percent and it will be the objective to achieve similar results for Johan Sverdrup."
Lundin Norway is the operator of PL501 with a 40 percent interest, and has a 10 percent interest in PL265. The PL501 partners are Statoil Petroleum AS with a 40 percent interest and Maersk Oil Norway AS with a 20 percent interest. The PL265 partners are Statoil Petroleum AS, operator of PL265, with a 40 percent interest, Det norske oljeselskap ASA with a 20 percent interest and Petoro AS with a 30 percent interest. Lundin Norway has no interest in PL502. The PL502 partners are Statoil Petroleum AS, operator of PL502, with a 44.44 percent interest, Petoro AS with a 33.33 percent interest and Det norske oljeselskap ASA with a 22.22 percent interest.
Lundin Petroleum will hold a conference call today, Thursday 13 February 2014 at 11.00 CET (10.00 GMT) where Ashley Heppenstall, CEO, Lundin Petroleum will comment.
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Facts about the Johan Sverdrup field (PL 265, PL 501 and PL502)
- Johan Sverdrup is an oil field discovered by Lundin Petroleum in 2010.
- Johan Sverdrup consists of a combined discovery which makes up one field.
- Location: Utsira High in the Norwegian North Sea, 140 kilometres west from Stavanger.
- The water depth is 110 metres, and the reservoir depth is around 1,900 metres below mean sea level.
- Expected approval of the plan for development and operation (PDO) for Phase 1 during the Norwegian Parliament's (Stortinget) spring session in 2015.
- Production start is expected at the end of 2019.
- The field has a production horizon until 2050.
- As part of the design basis it was decided early in 2013 that the field will be developed in phases. The first phase is the establishment of a field centre consisting of four platforms.
- The oil will be transported via pipeline to the Mongstad terminal in Hordaland, and the gas will be transported to Statpipe and then further to the Kårstø processing plant in northern Rogaland.
- The field will receive power from shore.
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