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Oil Production increase at BrageFirst Wintershall-drilled production well on stream

Production has begun from the first Wintershall-drilled production well on Brage in Norway, and the platform’s first new well since 2011. 

The new well, drilled as a sidetrack from one of Brage’s 40 production slots, will add in the region of 2,000 extra barrels of oil per day to the platform’s production total. 

“We are very grateful that the organization managed to put this well on stream because it had been a long time in planning,” says Alv Bjorn Solheim, Wintershall Norge Technical Director. 

Although Wintershall Norge will soon, after the completion of a second transaction with Statoil, be producing 60,000 boe/d, this is the first time the company has produced oil from its own well. Production otherwise comes from partner-operated wells, or from wells that were drilled before Wintershall became the operator. 

“It is an achievement because there have been no new wells adding volumes on Brage since 2011, so it is quite a milestone,” says Solheim. 

The well is part of a campaign of infill drilling intended to maximize production from the mature field. There will be another two sidetracks drilled in 2015.

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