Key project milestone for Johan Sverdrup
A long productive life for Janice to end in 2016
Shutdown optimisation in Kazakhstan
Key project milestone for Johan Sverdrup

One of Maersk Oil’s North Sea mega projects has taken important steps forward with the recent installation of the first piece of the Johan Sverdrup development and the government approval of the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for Phase 1.

 

“The Johan Sverdrup project is on track and installation of the first offshore hardware illustrates that we are entering a new phase of the project,” says Neil Cummine, Managing Director of Maersk Oil Norway.

A 280-tonne pre-drilling template has been installed on the seabed at the Johan Sverdrup field. The 32-metre-long, 10-metre-high pre-drilling template is one of the smallest building blocks of the Johan Sverdrup development, but plays a key role in the project.

 

So far, the partnership has awarded several main contracts and equipment packages at a value of more than USD 5.2 billion.

 

The first phase of the Johan Sverdrup field development will consist of four installations, including a utility and living quarters platform, a processing platform, a drilling platform and a riser platform, as well as three subsea water injection templates.

A long productive life for Janice to end in 2016

Low oil prices and Cost Transformation have accelerated plans for cessation of production (COP) from the UK installation Janice.

 

Maersk Oil will seek approvals from UK authorities to cease production from the Janice floating production unit in the second or third quarter of 2016.  “Since taking operatorship of Janice in 2005, we have managed to extend its life and believe that by next year we will have maximised economic recovery. The decision to seek approval for COP reflects proactive management of any potential risks that are part of operating an ageing installation and being a responsible operator,” said COO Gretchen Watkins.

Maersk Oil will seek approvals from UK authorities to cease production from the Janice floating production unit in the second or third quarter of 2016.  “Since taking operatorship of Janice in 2005, we have managed to extend its life and believe that by next year we will have maximised economic recovery. The decision to seek approval for COP reflects proactive management of any potential risks that are part of operating an ageing installation and being a responsible operator,” said COO Gretchen Watkins.

Shutdown optimisation in Kazakhstan

Maersk Oil Kazakhstan has successfully completed a full field shutdown in just five days, an impressive achievement and fully nine days quicker than the two weeks taken in previous shutdowns. The scope of work carried out included replacing corroded piping in the process system, maintenance of gas compressors and replacing all pressure safety valves.

Operated production from Dunga in Q2 was 13,000 boepd. A revised scope of activity will see Dunga ramp up to 15,000 boepd after the completion of its 170th well in its Dunga Phase II drilling campaign.

Maersk Oil Kazakhstan Operations Director, Carsten Andersen said the main challenge for a shorter shutdown was to coordinate all the work teams mobilised for it: “It required enhanced planning and agreement of activities as well as clear understanding of tasks and responsibilities between and within the teams. It was all done successfully in my view. The collaboration during the shutdown has also proven that we are able to execute things safely and efficiently when we join our efforts together.”

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