Stockholm, 2015-08-21 07:15 CEST (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —
Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (Lundin Norway) has received plan of development and operation (PDO) approval for Phase 1 of the Johan Sverdrup field development, offshore Norway.
The PDO for Phase 1 of the Johan Sverdrup development was submitted to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (the Ministry) on the 13th February 2015. Following Norwegian Parliament approval on the 18th June 2015, the Ministry has now given its final PDO approval.
Following the execution of the Johan Sverdrup unit operating agreement and the approval of the PDO, Lundin Petroleum has booked net 2P reserves of 515 million barrels of oil equivalents for the full field development, based on Lundin Petroleum’s 22.60 percent working interest. The gross 1P and 3P reserves for the full field development are estimated to be 1.65 and 3.02 billion barrels of oil equivalents (boe) respectively. These volumes expressed in boe include oil, gas and natural gas liquids and comprise approximately 95 percent oil. The reserves have been independently audited by ERC Equipoise Ltd.
A significant number of contracts have already been awarded for the development of Phase 1. Notably all four topside contracts have been awarded, with EPC type contracts being awarded to Aibel (drilling platform) and Kværner/KBR (living quarters and utility) whilst a fabrication contract has been awarded to Samsung Heavy Industries (riser platform and processing platform) with Aker Solutions being contracted for the procurement and engineering of the riser and processing platforms. The contract for the heavy lift installations for three of the topsides has been awarded to Allseas and the contract for the construction of the steel jacket for the riser platform has been awarded to Kværner, which started to cut steel for the jacket in June 2015. Odfjell Drilling has been awarded the contract for drilling of the wells. The pre-drilling subsea template was installed earlier this month and drilling operations are scheduled to commence during the first half of 2016.
Phase 1 of the Johan Sverdrup development is scheduled to come onstream in late 2019 and reach a gross plateau rate of between 315,000 and 380,000 barrels of oil per day.
Lundin Norway has a 22.60 percent working interest in the Johan Sverdrup field. Statoil is operator with 40.0267 percent and the remaining partners are Maersk Oil with 8.44 percent, Petoro with 17.36 percent and Det norske oljeselskap with 11.5733 percent working interest.
Lundin Petroleum is a Swedish independent oil and gas exploration and production company with a well balanced portfolio of world-class assets primarily located in Europe and South East Asia. The Company is listed on NASDAQ Stockholm (ticker “LUPE”).
Lundin Petroleum has proven and probable reserves of 187.5 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe) as at 31 December 2014, not including 515 MMboe in respect of the Johan Sverdrup field proven and probable reserves which have an effective date of August 11, 2015.
For further information, please contact:
| Maria Hamilton
Head of Corporate Communications
Tel: +41 22 595 10 00
Tel: +46 8 440 54 50
| Teitur Poulsen
VP Corporate Planning & Investor Relations
Tel: + 41 22 595 10 00
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