PGNiG Upstream Norway and its licence partners have started drilling production wells in the Duva field, with first production expected in the third quarter of 2021.

Work has commenced on four production wells in the Duva field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The wells, each 2,500 metres long, are being drilled using a semi-submersible platform. The drilling operations will take approximately three months to complete. The field will then move to the production phase, which is due to start in the third quarter of 2021.

‘The Duva field development fits in perfectly with the PGNiG Group’s strategy. We are consistently building a diversified portfolio of gas supplies, with our own production on the Norwegian Continental Shelf being a key element. We want to make sure the largest possible share of natural gas brought to Poland, once the Baltic Pipe becomes operational, comes from fields partly owned by PGNiG Upstream Norway,’ said Paweł Majewski, President of the Management Board of PGNiG SA.

The drilling of production wells at the Duva field was preceded by the installation of the sub-sea tree system in March this year. The installation was carried out by a vessel instead of a rig, which reduced installation time, saved costs and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 60%.

Duva is an oil and gas field holding recoverable reserves of 88 mboe (including approximately 8.4 bcm of natural gas). Initially, maximum production will be approximately 30,000 boe per day.

PGNiG Upstream Norway owns a 30% interest in Duva, with the other partners being Neptune Energy (field operator with a 30% interest), Idemitsu Petroleum Norge (30%), and Sval Energi (10%).

Production volumes of PGNiG Upstream Norway are forecast to reach 0.9 bcm of natural gas this year. At present, the company holds interests in 36 licences, produces oil and gas from 9 fields, and is conducting project work in six further fields, including Duva.

In March 2021, PGNiG Upstream Norway entered into an agreement to acquire all assets of INEOS E&P Norge AS, comprising interests in 22 licences, including Ormen Lange, the second largest gas field on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. With this transaction, now awaiting administrative approvals, PGNiG Upstream Norway’s recoverable reserves will increase by 117 mboe, to 331 mboe. The acquisition of assets from INEOS E&P Norge will help the PGNiG Group to increase gas production volumes on the Norwegian Continental Shelf by some 1.5 bcm annually in the first five years after the transaction. Consequently, total gas production volumes of PGNiG Upstream Norway may reach 4 bcm in 2027.

Source: PGNiG (photo: PGNiG)