Wintershall Dea has started production from the operated Dvalin gas field in the Norwegian Sea together with the partners Petoro and Sval Energi, providing significant new gas volumes to the European market.
The field helps underpin Norway’s position as Europe’s largest gas supplier: On plateau, Dvalin is planned to produce enough energy to heat more than 2 million homes. The additional volumes come as Europe continues to search for predictable long-term supplies of natural gas. “We are aware that in the winter months European demand for gas will rise, and the continent will be looking to Norway to be the supplier of choice. We have worked hard to ensure Dvalin will be onstream safely, and are satisfied that the field will make a significant contribution to European energy security,” said Dawn Summers, Wintershall Dea Chief Operating Officer.
The field has been shut-in since late 2020 after measurements of high levels of mercury in the well stream. Since then, mercury removal units have been installed at the onshore processing facilities at Nyhamna and Tjeldbergodden in mid-Norway.
The Dvalin field has an estimated lifetime until 2038 including the Dvalin North field, which is currently being developed.
Located some 15 kilometres northwest of Heidrun, Dvalin has been developed using a single subsea template with four production wells. The field now joins Maria, Nova and Vega as Wintershall Dea’s fourth operated subsea field in Norway.
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