The Huldra Platform. Image courtesy of Harald Pettersen/Statoil.

Norway’s Statoil announced Wednesday that it has permanently shut down production at Huldra, a gas and condensate installation in the North Sea.

Production was terminated today and the field will be decommissioned no earlier than 2019 but no later than 2021.

Huldra came on stream in November 2001. It has produced a total of 618 billion cubic feet of wet gas and has a recovery rate of 80 percent.

At peak production, Huldra produced more than 388 million standard cubic feet of gas and 141.258 standard cubic feet of condensate per day.

Huldra was also the first Statoil operated platform without permanent staffing. It was operated from the Veslefrikk B platform located about 10 miles away.

Statoil said it is “still actively seeking a solution” to reuse the platform.

The platform was put up for sale in 2011 but has not been sold yet.

Huldra will be regularly maintained until the North Atlantic Drilling operated West Epsilon drilling rig arrives at the site in 2016 for permanent well plugging.

Shutdown project activities will also be carried out during this period.


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