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Snefrid Nord to be developed The gas discovery Snefrid Nord will be developed as a subsea tie-back to the Aasta Hansteen field. Start-up is expected in late 2019.

(Illustration: Statoil / Illustrasjon: Statoil)

The PL218 partnership, comprising both the Aasta Hansteen field and the Snefrid Nord discovery, has decided to include the development of Snefrid Nord within the Aasta Hansteen development project. On behalf of the license owners, the operator Statoil handed in a supplement to the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) of Aasta Hansteen to the authorities on July 6. Wintershall owns a 24 percent stake in license PL218. 

Snefrid Nord was discovered in 2015 and has estimated resources of around 5 billion cubic metres of gas. The development concept involves a single-slot subsea template that will be tied back to Aasta Hansteen via the Luva template, six kilometres away. The water depth is 1,312 metres. During its lifetime of 5-6 years, the field is expected to produce some 4 million cubic metres of gas per day in the plateau phase. 

- Adding Snefrid Nord now to the Aasta Hansteen development is strategically important, as it adds to the total production of Aasta Hansteen. This postpones the production decline and contributes to filling the Polarled pipeline, says Eivind Torheim, Head of Development at Wintershall Norge.

The main contractors will be Aker Solutions, as supplier of subsea equipment, and Subsea 7, as supplier of flowlines and installer of subsea installations. These companies are also the main suppliers for Aasta Hansteen, and the project is therefore expecting to capture synergies by using the same providers. 

Total investments of the development are around 1.2 billion NOK and the field is expected to come on stream in late 2019.

Statoil Petroleum ASA is the operator of the field (51%), with partners Wintershall Norge AS (24%), OMV Norge AS (15%) and ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS (10%).

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