Gas production from Atla has started, a mere two years after the discovery was announced. The Atla Filed is expected to produce an average of 14,000 barrels of o.e. per day in 2013. Det norske’s 10 percent interest will yield production amounting to 1,400 barrels of o.e. per day to the company.
CEO of Det norske, Erik Haugane, says he is very pleased with the work Total has put down as operator on Atla:
-We have quickly decided upon a development solution supported by the authorities. It sets a good example of how to realize a discovery in a short time span by using existing infrastructure.
Plan for Development and Operation of Atla was submitted to the authorities in July 2011. The discovery was made in October 2010 in well 25/5-7. This was the first well drilled in the license, which was awarded in 2009. The exploration well is located approximately 20 kilometers northeast of the Heimdal Field. The ocean depth is 119 meters. The reservoir is located at a depth of approximately 2,700 meters.
The exploration well from 2010 has been utilized as a production well, which has had a considerable positive impact on the profitability of the project. Total investments are in excess of NOK 1.3 billion. Despite facing some challenges, the project has been completed within the planned budget and schedule.
Atla is located in the central part of the North Sea, in Production License 102C. The field is located 20 kilometers northeast of the Heimdal Field. Illustration to the left, click to enlarge.
The field produces with a subsea installation tied back to the existing pipeline between Heimdal and Skirne. The Skirne Field is also operated by Total. The illustration below (provided by operator Total) depicts the development solution of Atla.
TOTAL E&P Norge is the operator of Atla, holding a 40 percent interest. Det norske has a 10 percent interest. Other licensees are Petoro with a 30 percent interest, and Centrica Resources with a 20 percent interest.