The Skarv FPSO. Image courtesy of BP.

BP shut in oil production at the Skarv field in the Norwegian Sea Monday due to ongoing repairs.

Output has fallen due to repairs to a riser valve for gas injection, Reuters said.

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.

Gas output at the field has also fallen.

Gassco, Norway’s gas network operator, said the technical problems at Skarv have caused a 10.9 million cubic meters per day outage that is projected to last until November 8.

The Skarv FPSO has an oil production capacity of 85,000 barrels per day and a gas production capacity of 19 million cubic meters per day.

BP operates Skarv with a 23.84 percent stake.

The field is located 45 miles south of the Arctic Circle and holds an estimated 100 million barrels of recoverable oil and condensate.

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


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