The Statfjord Field has produced about 635 million Sm3 (4 billion bbl) of oil and exported 68 billion Sm3 of gas. This equals to an oil recovery factor of 65% and a gas recovery factor of 48% of volumes initially in place. Currently, the field is producing at an oil rate of approximately 20 000 Sm3/d, which is about 17% of the plateau production rate.

The predominant drainage strategy has been pressure maintenance by water and gas injection. However plans to extend production life for the Statfjord Field even longer will require changing drainage strategy from pressure maintenance to depressurization. Estimates show that implementation of the new drainage strategy will lead to an increased ultimate gas recovery from 53% to 74% and an oil recovery factor of 68%. Lifetime for the Statfjord Field will be extended by approximately 10 years.

A change in focus from oil production to gas production has consequences both subsurface and topside. Key elements for implementing the depressurization of the Statfjord Field reservoirs are drilling and recompletion of approximately 80 wells which will be equipped with artificial lift and sand control, as well as topside modifications on the three existing platforms. This results in a high offshore activity level for several years on a field in production. A new gas export pipeline to the UK FLAGS system (Far north Liquid And Gas System) is necessary to provide sufficient offtake of the produced gas.

Implementation of a new drainage strategy on the Statfjord Field has also regional effects. Prolonged life time of the Statfjord Field installations leads to increased recovery for the Statfjord Satellites and opens for business opportunities in a longer term.

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