Statoil and partners further increase the value of the Johan Sverdrup field as a result of continued high quality in project execution, good drilling efficiency and further maturation of the resource base.
The Johan Sverdrup development is now nearly 70% complete, which is according to plan, and investment costs are continuing its positive trend.
Phase 1 of the project is currently estimated at NOK 88 billion (capex numbers in nominal terms based on fixed currency), which amounts to a reduction of NOK 35 billion or close to 30 percent since the plan for development and operation (PDO) was approved in August 2015.
Break-even is reduced to below USD 15 per barrel for the first phase of the Johan Sverdrup project.
Since the PDO for the first phase was submitted the range of the full-field resource estimate has improved from 1.7-3.0 to now 2.1-3.1 billion barrels of oil equivalents.
The Johan Sverdrup project will be developed in several phases, and the PDO for phase 2 will be submitted to Norwegian authorities in the second half of 2018. Further maturation has reduced the estimated investment costs for phase 2 to below NOK 45 billion.
With this, the break-even for the full-field development of Johan Sverdrup has been improved to below USD 20 per barrel.
“The standardization of equipment packages, copying of good solutions, and doing things right the first time – in collaboration with our suppliers – has been critical to the positive developments that we see in the first phase of Johan Sverdrup. In phase 2 we are taking this one step further, and we are starting to see the results of this”, says Kjetel Digre, project director for Johan Sverdrup in Statoil.
A more streamlined operation and maintenance model, combined with increased use of digital and automated solutions, has also helped reduce estimated yearly operating costs by nearly NOK 1 billion or approximately 30 percent since the PDO was approved in August 2015.
“Johan Sverdrup and its 50-year lifespan is a unique opportunity to think big and differently about new solutions. A lot of this – for example sensors that measure the condition of important equipment, or fiberoptic reservoir monitoring – are technologies that we implement from day one. However, it is also about equipping the field for possible future solutions that can further strengthen safety, efficiency and the value of the field over time,” states Digre.