Ekofisk II production not as expected

Nov 16, 1998 01:00 AM

Oct. 1, 1998 Phillips Petroleum Company Norway announced that third-quarter production from Ekofisk II was lower than expected due to problems following the August start-up of the new facilities. Phillips Norway, as operator for the Phillips Norway Group, expects production to approach design rates within weeks.
Gross average daily oil production from Ekofisk II for the third quarter was 216,000 bpd (80,000 bpd net). Gross average daily gas production for the third quarter was 357 mm cfpd.
Currently, Ekofisk II is running at 90 % of its 306,000 bpd oil capacity and 60 % of its 789 mm cfpd gas capacity. The company expects to return to full gas production within weeks, after replacing a compressor driver.
"Although Ekofisk II was completed on time and about 20 % under budget, it has taken longer than we initially expected to reach stable operation at design capacities," said Kirby Hedrick, executive vice president of upstream.
"These start-up problems are typical of what one might expect during the breaking-in period of a major new processing facility, and in no way diminish the long-term value of the highly successful Ekofisk II program."
Full capacity oil production from Ekofisk II is currently restricted by a poorly performing low pressure separator, used to separate oil and gas from water.
Field tests are under way, and a solution is expected by year-end. However, outstanding well performance and processing flexibility should enable Phillips to produce close to full design capacities until the vessel can be repaired or modified.
In addition, Phillips Norway is currently implementing debottlenecking measures that will increase oil export capacity a further 10 % by year-end.

Phillips Petroleum Company Norway has a 36.96 % interest in Ekofisk, and operates the facilities in the Ekofisk area on behalf of other members of the Phillips Norway Group: Fina Exploration Norway SCA, 30 %; Norsk Agip A/S, 13.04 %; Elf Petroleum Norge A.S., 8.45 %; Norsk Hydro Produksjon a.s, 6.7 %; TOTAL Norge A.S, 3.5 %; Statoil, 1 %; and Saga Petroleum ASA, 0.3 %.

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