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Increased reserves for sixth consecutive year

The 2P reserves replacement ratio for 2019 is 150 percent and this is the sixth consecutive year that Lundin Norway has more than replaced production. As at 31 December 2019, proved plus probable net reserves (2P reserves) are 693 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe)

The increase in reserves relates to project sanctions for Solveig Phase 1, the Rolvsnes Extended Well Test and the Edvard Grieg infill well programme, with the contingent resources associated with these projects being promoted to reserves. Oil accounts for 93 percent of Lundin’s 2P reserves and the majority of the reserves are associated with fields in production.

Edvard Grieg production performance continues to exceed expectations with significantly slower build-up of water production than anticipated. With the sanction of the Edvard Grieg infill well programme, the best estimate gross ultimate recovery from Edvard Grieg as at 31 December 2019, which is cumulative production plus 2P reserves, is increased to 300 MMboe, representing a 60 percent increase from the original PDO.

With the increased reserves at Edvard Grieg, combined with Solveig Phase 1 and the Rolvsnes Extended Well Test, which will be produced through the Edvard Grieg facilities, the production plateau will be maintained at the contractually available facilities capacity until at least the end of 2022, representing a four-year extension compared to the original Edvard Grieg PDO.

First oil from the Johan Sverdrup field occurred in October 2019 and production has ramped up quickly from the eight pre-drilled production wells, to reach around 350 Mbopd gross, which is about 80 percent of Phase 1 facilities capacity of 440 Mbopd. The drilling of two new production wells will be required to achieve Phase 1 plateau, which is expected in the summer of 2020. Initial Johan Sverdrup reservoir performance is excellent and well productivities are above expectations. Further production experience is needed to justify an update to the reserves estimate. New discoveries on Jorvik and Tellus East, the addition of an improved recovery project at Edvard Greig involving water alternating gas injection (WAG), as well as the acquisition of an additional 30 percent interest in the Rolvsnes discovery have contributed to increases.

The contingent resource estimate for the Alta discovery has been adjusted downwards based on evaluation of the high specification 3D seismic survey (Topseis) acquired over the area, combined with the extensive data and analysis from the well drilled for the extended well test conducted in 2018. A standalone development of the Alta and nearby Gohta discoveries is no longer considered to be commercial, and a subsea tie-back development to either Johan Castberg or another future host development in the area is considered the most viable option. Lundin is drilling several large prospects in the Loppa High area in 2020, which if successful could change the dynamic of commercial options for this area.

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