Veslefrikk oil field to close after 32 years of operations

Ekofisk oil fieldPhoto: Carina Johansen / NTB

Equinor will end production on the Veslefrikk oil field in February next year after 32 years. 

“We plan to close production already in February next year. That will be the end for the Veslefrikk field,” Thor Erling Haug, project manager for the planned closure, told the newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad.

The field, located 145 kilometers west of Bergen, is the first of several where Equinor will end production in the next few years. Over the next five to six years, Equinor plans to close Heimdal, Statfjord A, and Oseberg east.

Production at Veslefrikk started on December 26, 1989. Its planned life was 20 years. When the field is closed down, Veslefrikk will have produced over 400 million barrels of oil equivalents.

The oil from the field is transported to land through the pipeline from Oseberg to the Sture terminal outside Bergen. The gas is sent through the Statpipe pipeline via Kårstø in Rogaland to Emden in Germany.

Equinor has set aside just over NOK 3 billion during the production period to cover the shutdown costs. Next summer, the Veslefrikk B platform will be towed ashore for recycling.

Note: The picture used is for illustration purposes only.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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