The Skarv FPSO. Image courtesy of BP.

Production at BP’s offshore oil and gas Skarv field is still offline as the company wrestles with problems at the field’s floating production, storage and offloading vessel.

The outage was expected to end on November 8 but the field is unable to restart production as repair work continues.

BP shut in oil production at the field, located in the Norwegian Sea, November 4 due to ongoing repairs.

A compressor failure on November 2 also caused gas and condensate production to stop.

Gassco, Norway’s gas network operator, initially expected gas production to restart this week at a reduced rate of about 10 million cubic meters per day below capacity.

However, the operator said the field is still unable to go back online and has not provided an updated timeline for a restart.

In August, Skarv’s floating production, storage and offloading vessel produced about 70,000 barrels of oil per day.

BP said its expects oil production to start up again sometime this month.

BP has a 23.84 percent operating stake in the field.

Norway’s Statoil holds a 36.17 percent stake, Germany’s E.ON E&P Norge holds a 28.08 percent stake and Poland’s PGNiG holds a 11.92 percent stake.

Skarv is located in production licenses PL159, PL212, PL212B and PL262 in water depths ranging from 1,148 to 1,476 feet.


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