Total Exploration & Production in Norway
Since the late 1960s, the Total Group has played a major role in development of a large number of Norwegian fields, notably Frigg and Heimdal. Norway was one of the largest contributors to the Group’s equity production in 2012 with 275,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day. Total holds interests in 100 production licenses in offshore Norway, 29 as operator.
In January 2012, Total submitted the plan for development and operation for the Martin Linge field, a stand-alone field development planned to come on stream in Q4 2016. The plan was approved by the Storting (Norwegian Parliament) in June 2012.
In October 2012, the Group started-up its Atla gas condensate field located in license PL 102C in the Norwegian North Sea. Atla was brought into production two years after its discovery.
Total made or participated in several discoveries in Norway in the past two years:
in mid-2013, the Smørbukk North discovery on Production License 479, in the Haltenbanken area of the Norwegian Sea. The estimated volume is in the range of 25 to 45 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent.
in 2012, the King Lear discovery on Production Licenses 146 & 333 in the Southern sector of the Norwegian North Sea. The estimated volume is in the range of 70 to 200 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent.
in 2012, the Garantiana discovery on Production License 554 in the Northern North Sea. The estimated volume is in the range of 25 to 75 million barrels of recoverable oil. The drilling of additional exploration and appraisal wells in the license is currently under study.
in 2011, the Alve North discovery on Production License 127 in the Norwegian Sea, close to existing infrastructure. Appraisal of the discovery and near-by exploration is being planned.
in 2011, the Norvarg discovery on Production License 535 in the Barents Sea. Initial volumes were estimated after the discovery in the range of 10 to 50 billion standard cubic meters (Sm3) of recoverable gas. An appraisal well was drilled in 2013 and resources are currently being reassessed.
Total also increased recently its acreage position on the Norwegian continental shelf:
in June 2013, Total obtained two new licenses, both as operator, at the occasion of the 22nd exploration round. The two licenses are located in the Barents Sea.
in January 2013, Total obtained eight new licenses of which four as operator at the occasion of the 2012 (APA) Licensing Round. All these licenses are located in the Norwegian North Sea.
in the 2011 (APA) Licensing Round, announced in January 2012, Total was granted interests in an additional eight licenses in the Norwegian North Sea, including five as operator.
Total announced in October 2012 a swap of interests with ExxonMobil in a range of producing and undeveloped North Sea assets on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Following this assets exchange with ExxonMobil, Total’s interest in the Oseberg field increased from 10% to 14.7% and in the Gina Krog field from 6.54% to 38%.
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