Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority has given ConocoPhillips consent to use the West Linus mobile facility for production drilling on the Tor field.
The consent covers the drilling and completion of eight production wells in connection with the new development of the Tor field (Tor II).
West Linus is a jack-up facility of the Gusto MSC CJ70-X150A type. The facility is owned and operated by Seadrill. West Linus received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the PSA in 2014.
The Tor field lies in the Norwegian North Sea and was initially on stream from 1978 to 2015. A new plan for development and operation (PDO) of Tor II was approved in 2019, and the field is now being developed with a subsea solution based on two seabed templates and a tieback to Ekofisk for processing and export. Plans call for production to begin in 2020.
According to information on the ConocoPhillips Norway web site - The Tor field, discovered in 1970, is a unitized chalk field located in licenses PL018 and PL006 in Blocks 2/4 and 2/5, about 13 kms northeast of the Ekofisk field. The original development comprised a single manned production platform, Tor 2/4 E, from which oil and associated gas was exported, via pipeline, to the Ekofisk Complex from 1978 until year-end 2015, when the platform lifetime expired.
Operator ConocoPhillips Skandinavia currently holds 30.66 percent ownership of the Tor Unit, while the remaining stake is held by Total E&P Norge (48.20 percent), Vår Energi (10.82 percent), Equinor (6.64 percent) and Petoro (3.69 percent).
Source: Petroleum Safety Authority