The production experience from the Statfjord Field on the Norwegian Continental Shelf is one of the greatest adventures in modern oil and gas history. After achieving very high oil recovery factor using a predominant drainage strategy with pressure maintenance by water and gas injection, the drainage strategy in the field has since 2007/2008 been changed to reservoir depressurization.

Prior to depressurization start-up, the field has produced about 652 million Sm3 (4.1 billion bbl) oil and 187 billion Sm3 gas. Currently, the field is producing at an oil rate of approximately 5 300 Sm3/d and a gas rate of about 11 million Sm3/d. Estimates indicate that successful implementation of the new drainage strategy will continue and lead to an ultimate oil recovery of higher than 67% and a significant additional gas production, as a result of the depressurization process. In addition, the field life will be extended from 2009 to 2025, and this will contribute to lifetime extension of the attached satellite fields.

The main purpose of this paper is to provide a description of the multidisciplinary approach used for evaluation and planning of the Statfjord Late Life (SFLL) with reservoir depressurization, share learnings from depressurization start-up and address challenges, uncertainties and opportunities.

You can access this article if you purchase or spend a download.