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New BP platform produces oil off Norway

29th January 2013

BP starts production from new Valhall platform in Norwegian North Sea

New BP platform produces oil off Norway
BP Norway is the operator of Valhall with a 35.9 per cent interest. Hess Norge owns the remaining 64.1 per cent

Oil supermajor BP on Monday announced the successful start-up of oil production from a new platform at the Valhall field in the southern part of the Norwegian North Sea, as part of an expansion program which will see the field increase its hydrocarbons yield and design life.

Production at the Valhall field started on 26 January and is expected to reach 65,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the second half of 2013. The field is now completely powered from shore, through a 294-kilometre direct-current cable.

The field is being subject to a complex field expansion development, the Valhall Re-Development Project which will give the field an additional 40-year design life (up to 2050), with the capacity to handle 120,000 barrels of oil and 143 million cubic feet of gas per day, according to BP.

Including the new platform, the Valhall field complex now has six separate manned platforms: quarters; drilling; production; wellheads; water injection; and the new combined process and hotel platform. It also has two unmanned flank platforms, each approximately six kilometres from the main facilities.

“The re-development of this giant field over the past few years underpins a long future for Valhall. It is a further demonstration of our commitment to our business here in Norway,” said Rebecca Wiles, BP Norway managing director.

BP Norway is the operator of Valhall with a 35.9 per cent interest. Hess Norge owns the remaining 64.1 per cent.