Equinor Developing Lavrans & Kristin Q in Norwegian Sea
Equinor and the partners Petoro, Vår Energi and Total E&P Norge have decided to develop the Lavrans discovery and the Kristin Q-discovery which is a part of the Kristin field. This constitutes phase 1 of the Kristin South project, and today the plan for development and operation will be submitted to the minister of petroleum and energy. Capital expenditures for this first phase will total about NOK 6.5 billion.
Production from Lavrans and Kristin Q will be tied into the Kristin platform. A subsea template will be installed at Lavrans, while at Kristin Q an already installed subsea template will be reused. A total of five wells are planned to be drilled, four at Lavrans and one at Kristin Q.
The Kristin field was put on stream in 2005. The technical life of the Kristin platform is estimated to end in 2034, with possibilities of further life extension to 2042.
The Lavrans discovery was discovered in 1995. The discovery has a large gas volume, and a high value potential. Lavrans is a complex reservoir and the production qualities are uncertain. The Lavrans wells are therefore designed to reduce this uncertainty by having long horizontal production zones in the reservoir. Kristin Q is located in the southern part of the Kristin field. Like the rest of the Kristin field, Kristin Q is a high-pressure, high-temperature reservoir. Lavrans and Kristin Q will be developed as one project with a shared pipeline to the Kristin platform.
The expected production in phase 1 of the Kristin South project is estimated at 6.2 GSm3 of gas and 1.9 MSm3 of oil (a total of 58.2 million barrels of oil equivalent).
The plan for development and operation also includes a description of possible future phases of the Kristin South project, including a possible next phase of Lavrans, as well as possible development of the Erlend and Ragnfrid discoveries.