Skarv Oil And Gas Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: BP
  • Country: Norway
  • Location: Approximately 200 kilometres west of Sandnessjøen
  • Production start: 2012
  • Partners: BP - 23.84 %, E.ON Ruhrgas - 28.08 %, PGNiG - 11.92 %, Statoil - 36.16 %
  • Type: Oil & Gas
  • Estimated Reserves: Original
    • 15.3 million Sm³ oil
    • 43.4 billion Sm³ gas
    • 5.7 million tonnes NGL
  • Production Volume:


  • Skarv is located about 35 kilometres southwest of the Norne Oil Field in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea. The water depth in the area is 350 - 450 metres. There will be a joint development of the 6507/5-1 Skarv and 6507/3-3 Idun deposits. The 6507/5-3 Snadd deposit is part of Skarv, but is presently not included in the development.
  • The field development consists of one large production vessel; the Skarv FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel), and five subsea templates with flexibility for new projects
  • The vessel which is close to 300 m long and 50 m wide ranks as the world’s largest gas processing vessel with a capacity of 15 million standard cubic metres of gas and 80 000 barrels of oil per day. Total storage capacity is 875 000 barrels of oil.
  • Gas export is via separate 80 km long gas pipeline via the Asgard Transport System to Kårstø, southern Norway


  • Acergy: Ten dynamic flexible risers systems, two dynamic umbilicals and a Direct Electrical Heating dynamic cable
  • Aker Kvaerner: Contract for tow and installation of a floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO)
  • Aker Kvaerner: Front end engineering design of the complete production ship (FPSO) and intermediate engineering of the topsides
  • Technip: engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for flexible risers, flexible jumpers and associated equipment
  • Samsung: Construction of FPSO vessel
  • Nexans: Supply of a direct electrical heating (DEH) system for the subsea production pipeline
  • BiFab: PLEM / ERB


  • 1998 - Skarv Oil And Gas Field Discovered by Amoco
  • 2007 - EON acquired a 28% share from Shell
  • 2007 - Aker Kvaerner chosen to perform the detail engineering, procurement and construction management assistance
  • 2007 - Aker Kvaerner awarded floater installation contract
  • 2007 - Technip awarded a flexible pipe contract
  • 2008 - Acergy S.A. announces contract award for risers and umbilicals
  • 2010 - FPSO Vessel leaves the Samsung shipyard for Norway 
  • 2012 - Oil production starts


  • The reservoirs in Skarv contain gas and condensate in Middle and Lower Jurassic sandstones in the Garn, Ile and Tilje Formations. There is also an underlying oil zone in the Skarv deposit in the Garn and Tilje Formations. The Garn Formation has good reservoir quality, while the Tilje Formation has relatively poor quality. The reservoirs are divided into several fault segments and lie at a depth of 3 300 – 3 700 metres.


  1. Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, Skarv
  2. BiFab Subsea References
  3. NOK 2 billion job for Aker Kvaerner on Skarv FPSO
  4. Aker Kvaerner awarded floater installation contract with BP Norway
  5. Acergy S.A. announces contract award in the Norwegian Sea
  6. Nexans wins 11 million Euro contract for BP’s Skarv field
  7. Technip awarded a flexible pipe contract in Norway
  8. Amoco Strikes Major Oil and Gas Field in the Norwegian Sea
  9. Shell sells equity in undeveloped Norwegian assets
  10. Naming ceremony Skarv FPSO
  11. BP’s Skarv FPSO on tow to Norway
  12. BP Begins Production From Skarv Field, Norway

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