Wintershall has, together with its partners, submitted the Plan for Development and Operation for the Nova field in the North Sea to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.
Hugo Dijkgraaf, Wintershall Norge managing director, handed the Nova document to the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje Søviknes.
Nova will be developed as a subsea tie-back connecting two templates to the nearby Gjøa platform for processing and export. Gjøa will also provide lift gas to the field and water injection for pressure support.
Power for the Nova field comes via the Gjøa platform from shore.
“As well as selecting the most economically robust solution for developing the Nova field, utilizing existing infrastructure is the most environmentally friendly solution. We have a proven track record of using smart engineering to achieve our goals, and we are on that same path with Nova,” said Hugo Dijkgraaf.
Total investments in the Nova development are estimated at around NOK 9.9 billion. Recoverable reserves on the field are estimated around 80 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe), of which the majority is oil.
Pending final approval by the Norwegian authorities, the license partnership now enters the execution phase of the development, constructing the field ahead of planned start up in 2021.
Nova was discovered in 2012 and is situated in the northeastern North Sea approximately 20 kilometers southwest of the Neptune-operated Gjøa platform.
Wintershall Norge AS (operator) owns 35 percent, Capricorn Norge AS (part of Cairn Energy) 20 percent, Spirit Energy 20 percent, Edison Norge 15 percent and DEA Norge AS 10 percent.