Statoil Increases Share in Byrding Development
On conclusion of this transaction Statoil (STO) will increase its interest from 45 percent to 70 percent. Byrding (PL090B) is an oil and gas discovery in the northern part of the North Sea and is operated by Statoil. It is near the Troll / Fram area which represents a focal point of Norway's oil and gas production.
Statoil and its partners in August submitted the Plan for Development and Operation for Byrding to government authorities. Capital expenditures were reduced from initially approximately NOK 3.5 billion ($424 million) to the current estimate of approximately NOK 1 billion ($121 million). Recoverable volumes are projected at approximately 11 million barrels of oil equivalent.
The agreement is a further acquisition by Statoil in core areas, following an increase in the Wisting discovery in the Hoop area of the Barents Sea in September and transactions for the Utgard field near Sleipner in the North Sea during 2015 and 2016.
The field is scheduled to come on stream in the third quarter of 2017. The project will thus yield a return in the same year as investments are made.
The effective date for the transaction is January 1, 2016. Closing is subject to customary conditions, including authority approval.