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Statoil to shut down Huldra platform production in North Sea



Norwegian oil and gas firm Statoil has decided to permanently shut down its Huldra platform in the North Sea following nearly 13 years of production.


The company recently carried out operational and maintenance works at Huldra platform, which came on stream in November 2001.


The platform produced more than 11 million standard cubic metres of gas and 4,000 standard cubic metres of condensate per day.


The platform produced a total of 17.5 billion standard cubic metres of wet gas with an 80% recovery rate.


Statoil operated the platform without permanent staffing from the Veslefrikk B platform, which is located about 16km away.


In order to reuse the platform, Statoil originally placed the installation up for sale in 2011 but failed to secure a buyer.

The company said the project is still actively seeking a solution of reuse.


The West Epsilon drilling rig is anticipated to permanently plug Huldra in 2016 while the entire decommissioning will be undertaken between 2019 and 2021.


Statoil said the field's pressure declined in recent years and a compressor was needed for gas export and multiphase pumps for liquid export.


The field houses six producing wells in two streams, which supply gas to Heimdal via the Huldrapipe, and condensate to Veslefrikk for processing and export through the Sture terminal.


The company said Huldra condensate has also been sent to Heimdal.

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