Neptune Energy has announced the safe and successful installation of four Enhanced Horizontal Subsea Tree Systems (EHXT) for the Duva development project in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
The Duva development, on Production Licence 636, is an oil and gas subsea tie-back to the Gjøa semi-submersible facility, of which Neptune Energy is also the operator.
While conventional installation of EHXTs would be carried out with a drilling rig, Neptune Energy, together with its partners and contractors, conducted the installation using the vessel Far Samson, operated by Solstad Offshore.
Thor Løvoll, Director of Drilling & Wells in Norway, Neptune Energy, commented, “By introducing the latest available technology combined with quality planning and teamwork, we completed the installation safely, successfully and ahead of schedule. Deploying the subsea trees from a vessel saved about 20 days of rig time, reducing costs, time and emissions.”
The 20 days of reduced rig time is equivalent to approximately US$12mn savings for the license partners and by using a vessel instead of a rig, emissions were reduced by more than 60% during the installation activities.
It was the first time Neptune Energy has installed EHXTs in a standalone operation with a vessel. They were successfully deployed on the template wellheads over an 18-hour period, with the total installation and subsea system testing completed within eight days. The operation was carried out in close cooperation with TechnipFMC, Ross Offshore, Solstad Offshore, Oceaneering, Fugro, IKM and Tigmek.
The Duva project
Neptune Energy’s Head of Gjøa Subsea Development, Crawford Brown, added, “We are progressing with the Duva project at pace and have reached an important milestone. The efficient installation of the subsea trees allows the project more schedule flexibility as we enter the drilling and completion campaign for the Duva production wells.”
“Duva is an important part of Neptune’s geographically-diverse, gas weighted portfolio of developments, and will both increase production and extend the operational life of our operated Gjøa platform.”
The Duva oil and gas field was Neptune’s first discovery in the Norwegian North Sea, a strategically important area supporting the company’s growth. It is located 14km northeast of the Neptune-operated Gjøa field, at a water depth of 360 metres. Gross 2P reserves are 88 mmboe (gas 76%).
The drilling rig Deepsea Yantai, operated by Odfjell Drilling, will drill and complete the remaining sections of the Duva well programme during Q2/Q3 2021, and first production from Duva is expected in the third quarter of 2021.