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Increasing capacity on Johan Sverdrup
Equinor is planning to increase the Johan Sverdrup field’s daily production capacity to around 500,000 b/d of oil by the end of the year – around 60,000 barrels more than the original basis when the field came onstream.
Phase 2 of the Johan Sverdrup field development is on schedule, and production start is scheduled for 4Q2022. The increase means that the Johan Sverdrup full-field plateau production capacity is expected to rise from 690,000 b/d to around 720,000 b/d. Water injection is being used to secure high recovery of reserves and maintain production at a high level. The field is powered from shore with very low CO2 emissions per barrel. Emissions during the field life are estimated at less than 0.7kg of CO2 per produced barrel.
According to Rune Nedregaard, Vice President for Johan Sverdrup operations, the company is now working on solutions to increase the water injection capacity which should allow a further increase in daily production capacity by mid-2021.
Project partners are Equinor (operator, 42.6%), Lundin Energy (20%), Petoro (17.36%), Aker BP (11.5733%) and Total (8.44%).
Photo: Equinor/Ole Jørgen Bratland