Equinor and partners started production from Oseberg Vestflanken 2 field in the North Sea using the first unmanned platform on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (OGJ Online, June 16, 2016).
Remotely operated from the field’s center, the new Oseberg H platform is fully automatic and serves as a pilot, said Anders Opedal, Equinor’s executive vice-president for technology, projects, and drilling. “We are further developing the concept and believe that the next version will be even more competitive.”
The 11 wells on Oseberg Vestflanken 2 will be drilled by the Oseberg license-owned Askepott jack up rig. Nine wells will be drilled through the platform and two through an existing subsea template. Pipelines and subsea equipment have been installed. Recoverable resources are 110 million bbl.,
At 6.5 billion kroner, the project was delivered more than 20% below the cost estimate of the plan for development and operation. The breakeven price was reduced from $34/bbl to below $20/bbl.