Today we are submitting the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for the Solveig oil and gas field in the North Sea. The field is being developed as a subsea installation tied in to the Edvard Grieg platform. Significant contracts have been awarded to TechnipFMC and Rosenberg WorleyParsons in connection with the development.
Solveig (previously called Luno II) is located about 15 kilometres south of Edvard Grieg, and was proven in 2013. The reserve basis for the first phase of the development is estimated at 57 million barrels of oil equivalents. Development of additional parts of the field will be considered at a later point in time.
Lundin Norway is the operator of Solveig (PL359) with an ownership interest of 65%. The licence partners are OMV (20%) and Wintershall (15%).
The development of Solveig is another new chapter in the incredible story of the Utsira High. This area, situated in the central part of the North Sea, is one of the most mature and explored areas on the Norwegian Shelf. Nevertheless, this is the location of several of the largest oil discoveries made in recent years. The discovery of Edvard Grieg in 2007 provided an important key to understanding the subsurface across the entire area. Based on this new understanding, another handful of discoveries were made, with Johan Sverdrup as the largest, by far.
When the Edvard Grieg platform was built, allowances were made to accommodate potential additional fields that could be tied in to the installation. Oil and gas from the Ivar Aasen field is already being processed on Edvard Grieg. And now, with the Solveig development, the platform will have sufficient capacity to also receive the wellstream from this field.
Name from Peer Gynt
The field name Solveig was taken from Henrik Ibsen’s play, Peer Gynt. Solveig is the innocent girl that Peer fell in love with, but who could never become his. Edvard Grieg wrote the music for Peer Gynt, including the famous “Solveig’s song”. It was therefore a logical choice to give the name Solveig to a field that is inextricably linked to Edvard Grieg, via pipelines and cables.
TechnipFMC will deliver all the elements to be installed on the seabed, both SPS (subsea production systems) and SURF (subsea umbilicals, risers & flowlines). Necessary modifications on the Edvard Grieg platform will be completed by Rosenberg WorleyParsons in Stavanger.
For Lundin Norway, the development of Solveig signifies that we are continuing our long-term strategy of building the company organically, based on our own discoveries and fields. Since its establishment in 2004, the company has been the most successful exploration company in Norway. We are now also consolidating our position as a significant production company.