ConocoPhillips celebrates start-up of new natural gas field offshore Norway

Stephen Treloar, Bloomberg December 01, 2023

(WO) – On Friday, Dec. 1, the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Aasland visited the Ekofisk Complex with partner companies, contractors and authorities, celebrating the start-up of the Tommeliten A natural gas and condensate field in the North Sea.

From left: General Manager of PGNIG Upstream Norway Marek Woszczyk, the Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Aasland and ConocoPhillips' President for Europe, Middle East and North Africa Steinar Våge.

All the visitors were given a tour of Ekofisk. Representatives from partner companies, contractors, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, as well as local authorities took part in the celebration.

The Tommeliten A field started production on Oct.13, delivering natural gas to Europe nearly six months earlier than scheduled.

Tommeliten A is a development with two subsea templates in the North Sea tied back to the Ekofisk Complex. The total resource potential is estimated in the range of 120-180 MMboe, mainly comprising of natural gas (approx. 70%) and condensate (approx. 30%).

As operator of the Tommeliten A Unit, ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS has an ownership interest of 28.1385%, while PGNiG Upstream Norway AS has 42.1978%, TotalEnergies EP Norge AS has 20.1430%, Vår Energi ASA has 9.0907%, ConocoPhillips (U.K.) Holdings Limited has 0.2109%, TotalEnergies E&P UK Limited has 0.1510% and ENI UK Limited has 0.0681%.

Tommeliten A (PL 044) was discovered in 1977. It is a fractured chalk field containing gas condensate and volatile oil. The field consists of an Ekofisk Formation and a Tor Formation, similar to surrounding fields in the Greater Ekofisk Area. The field is a U.K.-Norway trans-boundary field as it extends from Norwegian Block 1/9 into U.K. Block 30/20. The development plan is based on the Norwegian PDO.

"It is great celebrating that the Tommeliten A field is in operation, delivering gas to Europe. Earlier production start-up is the result of good and efficient cooperation with our partners, contractors and the authorities," said Steinar Våge, ConocoPhillips’ President for Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

The total capital investment for the project was approximately NOK 13 billion, enabling about 5,000 jobs during the project period. Most of the contracts were awarded to Norwegian businesses.

Lead image: Ekofisk Complex (Source: ConocoPhillips)

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