Wintershall Dea has begun drilling four production wells on the Dvalin gas field in the Norwegian Sea, getting ready for the start of production in 2020. The Dvalin field will strengthen Wintershall Dea’s position as one of the largest gas exporters from Norway.
Drilling of the production wells from the Transocean Arctic rig is expected to last approximately one year and follows an intense summer of activity around the Wintershall Dea operated Dvalin development.
Since April there has been high activity at the Dvalin field with installation of pipe-lines and the man-ifold at 400 metres water depth. In August, a 3,500-tonne processing module was completed and lifted on to the nearby Heidrun platform in preparation for receiving gas from the Dvalin field. The field is located 259 kilometres north of Kristiansund in mid Norway.
“A summer of activity topped off with the start of drilling on the key Dvalin project is a potent sign of the belief we have in Norway, and the resources we are prepared to invest to reach our ambitions. The Dvalin team has worked tirelessly from day one to deliver a smooth, timely, and most of all safe project to date,” says Hugo Dijkgraaf, Wintershall Dea Chief Technology Officer.
Dvalin is being developed as a subsea field tied back to Heidrun, which lies some 15 kilometres to the northwest. The four wells will be drilled to a depth of around 4,500 metres.
The design philosophy for the wells has focused strongly on HSEQ, in line with the whole Dvalin project to date. The drilling team aims to maintain the project record of having no serious incidents.
“Dvalin fits neatly into our strategy of supplying gas to the European market through fields and pipelines while ensuring we remain one of the most important gas producers on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. It further demonstrates our capabilities as an efficient and capable operator,” says Alv Solheim, Managing Director of Wintershall Dea in Norway.