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Equinor's first unmanned well rig to start in September

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Equinor's first unmanned well rig to start in September

Equinor will start production from the Oseberg H platform in September after receiving initial approval from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate NPD

Oseberg H is a new unmanned header platform that forms part of the Oseberg Vestflanken 2 development project in the North Sea. Oseberg H is a new type of Norwegian platform. NPD added that unmanned wellhead platforms are positive for development and a cost-effective solution. The planned investments in the new technology totaled over 8,2 billion NOK's. The project will increase recoverable reserves at Oseberg by 17,6 million cubic meters of oil and gas. As a reminder, Equinor received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority to put the Oseberg H platform into operation.

Oseberg H and Vestflanken 2

Equinor is the operator of the Oseberg field, which is in the northern sector of the North Sea. The field was built in several stages using high technology at the time and production started in 1988. The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy sanctioned it in June 2016. Vestflanken 2 was developed using the Oseberg H fixed wellhead platform with ten well connections. The wells will be remotely operated and monitored from the Oseberg field centre. In addition to Oseberg H with its associated pipelines and umbilical, the plan includes continued use of the G4 subsea model along with modifications to the Oseberg field center.

The rig installed in 2017 is Equinor's first unmanned head rig and with a top part weighing just 1.100 tonnes making it the company's smallest rig. Due to its size, it does not have processing equipment, accommodation, drilling facilities or a helipad. Oseberg Vestflanken 2 is the first of three phases planned for the development of the remaining reserves.

Oseberg Vestflanken 2 Illustration / Image source: Equinor

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