* High pressure, high temperature reservoir in North Sea
* First production seen in 2014
* Aker Solutions wins 420 mln crown Gudrun contarct
OSLO, Feb 18 Norway's Statoil (STL.OL) said it
and its field partners have submitted a development plan for the
Gudrun oil and gas field in the North sea envisaging investments
worth some 21 billion Norwegian crowns ($3.56 billion).
Statoil said Gudrun, near the Sleipner field, contains some
132 million barrels of oil equivalent, with crude accounting for
about two-thirds of the amount.
Gudrun, where production is due to start in 2014, has high
reservoir pressure and temperature, calling for the use of
specialised technology that Statoil used on its Kvitebjoern and
Kristin fields on the Norwegian continental shelf.
"Today's solution builds on the availability of tested
technology for high pressure and temperature fields," Statoil's
Executive Vice President Oeystein Michelsen said in a statement.
"It also utilises spare capacity in existing infrastructure.
And the platform and transport solution adopted here provides a
good basis for developing other oil and gas fields in the area."
As part of the field work, Statoil awarded Aker Solutions
AKSO.OL with a 420 million Norwegian crown engineering,
procurement and construction contract.
The development plan envisages the Gudrun platform with 16
well slots and seven production wells. The other slots can be
used for additional drilling to boost recovery from Gudrun or
for wells from other fields. Power to the platform will be
supplied by cable from the Sleipner East platform.
Discovered in 1974, Gudrun is located on the PL 025 licence
in which Statoil has 46.8 percent and is the operator, Marathon
(MRO.N) holds 28.2 percent and GDF Suez GSZ.PA 25 percent.
(Reporting by Oslo newsroom)