Nova 1st oil: Wintershall Dea increases production volumes in Norway

Wintershall Dea has started production from the own-operated Nova oil field in the Norwegian North Sea together with the project partners Sval Energi and Pandion Energy Norge.

Nova 1st oil: Wintershall Dea increases production volumes in Norway
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It comes on stream at a time where Europe needs every additional barrel it can get. The completion of Nova emphasizes Wintershall Dea’s strength as one of the largest subsea operators on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Hugo Dijkgraaf, Wintershall Dea Member of the Executive Board and Chief Technology Officer, said:

“With the start-up of the major project Nova, Wintershall Dea is now operating three subsea production fields in Norway. We are expanding our subsea technology expertise and meanwhile three further tieback-developments, including Dvalin, are in the planning. As a subsea operator we are committed to making the most of the infrastructure that Norway has spent decades developing, as well as maintaining a low-carbon intensity portfolio while producing the energy that Europe needs.” 

This new field is a prime example for energy deliveries using existing infrastructure in the area: Nova is a tieback to the nearby Gjøa platform, which is sustainably electrified with renewable power from shore. The Neptune Energy-operated host platform will provide gas lift and water injection to the field and receives the Nova hydrocarbons. The tieback solution further extends the economic lifetime and increases the profitability of the Gjøa field, in which Wintershall Dea has a 28% share.

When the Dvalin field and the partner-operated Njord Future-project, in which Wintershall Dea holds a 50% share, come on stream as currently planned later this year, Wintershall Dea will provide significant further gas and oil volumes to Europe. In addition, the company operates recent discoveries like Dvalin North, planned for PDO hand-in (Plan for Development and Operations) by the end of 2022, and several other discoveries which could be developed in the future. For instance, Wintershall Dea is a partner in the Aker BP-operated Storjo discovery in the Norwegian Sea.

Michael Zechner, Managing Director at Wintershall Dea Norge, said:

“By exploring for and developing new fields near existing infrastructure, we are not only delivering new barrels, we are also potentially extending the lifetime of surrounding assets. This secures the possibility for future tie-ins, and returns value to the partnership, suppliers, and the Norwegian society.”