Norway is the principal area of operation for Lundin Petroleum. With estimated gross reserves in the range of 1.9 and 3.0 billion barrels of oil, the giant Johan Sverdrup discovery is the largest find on the NCS since the mid-eighties.
Norway is Lundin Petroleum's principal area of operation with 2P reserves of 684.5 MMboe, representing 96 percent of its total reserves and approximately 83 percent of the Company's 2016 production guidance.
Johan Sverdrup development In September 2010 an exploration well on the Avaldsnes prospect in PL501, located 25 km east of the Edvard Grieg field, resulted in a giant oil discovery. A further large discovery was made on the same structure in the neighbouring PL265 on the Aldous Major South prospect.
In early 2012 the Avaldsnes/Aldous discovery was renamed Johan Sverdrup.
An extensive appraisal programme was completed in 2014 and the PDO was submitted in February 2015.
The PDO for Phase 1 of the development was given final approval by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in August 2015. Phase 1 of the development consists of four bridge linked platforms as well as three subsea installations. The gross capital expenditures for Phase 1 is estimated at NOK 99 billion (nominal, operators latest estimate) which includes oil and gas export pipelines, development wells as well as power supply from shore. Phase 1 production is scheduled to come onstream in late 2019 with a gross plateau rate of up to 440,000 barrels of oil per day.
Lundin Petroleum has a 22.60 percent working interest in the Johan Sverdrup field.
First oil from the Edvard Grieg field
First oil from the Edvard Grieg field in the Norwegian North Sea was achieved in November 2015.
The Edvard Grieg prospect in licence PL338 was successfully drilled as an oil discovery in late 2007. Gross 2P reserves were certified at 95 MMboe and later increased to 206 MMboe following appraisal drilling. A plan for development and operation (PDO) for the Edvard Grieg field was given final approval in June 2012. The gross capital cost of the Edvard Grieg field development is estimated at NOK 26 billion and includes platform, pipelines and development wells.
Lundin Petroleum has been assigned a unitised interest in the Ivar Aasen field located north of the Edvard Grieg field. Lundin Petroleum has a net ownership in Ivar Aasen of 1.385 percent. The operator, Aker BP, estimates the field to contain gross reserves of 183 MMboe¹ (2.5 MMboe net to Lundin Petroleum). Ivar Aasen is being developed with a steel jacket platform with topside facilities. Oil and gas will be exported via the Edvard Grieg platform and is forecast to come onstream during the fourth quarter of 2016.
Average net production from the Norwegian assets for 2015 amounted to 20,700 boepd.
The Alvheim field produced on average 7,800 boepd net to Lundin Petroleum during 2015. Gross ultimate recoverable reserves increased to 330 MMboe.
The Volund field is located to the south of Alvheim and is a sub-sea tieback to the Alvheim FPSO. The field came on stream in 2010 and achieved average net production of 4,900 boepd during 2015. In addition, the Viper/Kobra accumulation is being developed as a subsea tieback to the Volund subsea facilty with first oil expected in late 2016.
The Brynhild field (PL148) produced first oil in December 2014 and is Lundin Norway's first field development as an operator. The field achieved average net production of 4,200 boepd during 2015.
Production from the Bøyla field in PL340, commenced in January 2015. The field is a subsea tie-back to the Alvheim FPSO. The Bøyla field achieved average net production of 2,100 boepd during 2015.
A significant oil and gas discovery was made in 2014 on the Alta prospect in the Barents Sea. The find is located close to the Gohta discovery situated on the Loppa High. Alta will be appraised with one appraisal well during 2016.
Lundin Petroleum has an active ongoing exploration/appraisal programme in Norway. A total of four exploration/appraisal wells are scheduled to be drilled in 2016 which will be concentrated in two core areas, namely the Utsira High in North Sea and the southern Barents Sea.
¹ Excluding Hanz discovery which is not part of the Ivar Aasen unit