Martin Linge field, picture by Jan Arne Wold & Øyvind Gravås, Woldcam AS

On January the 27th Minister of Petroleum and Energy Marte Mjøs Persen officially opened the Martin Linge field. With world-class production efficiency for a new field in the start-up phase since it came on stream in June, and high oil and gas prices, the investments in the field are expected to be recovered in full during 2022. “Martin Linge has been a very challenging project to put on stream [but] thanks to competent colleagues, good suppliers, and good collaboration with our partner Petoro and the authorities, the field […] is now producing very efficiently […]” says Anders Opedal, president and CEO of Equinor. “I would like to thank the project and the organisation now operating the field for working hard to realise the project, and to deliver safe and efficient field operations every day,” says Kjetil Hove, executive vice president, Exploration & Production Norway. The Martin Linge project encountered significant challenges in the development phase, and capital expenditures in the field totalled NOK 63 billion. The expected recoverable resources are about 260 million barrels of oil equivalent and the field is expected to reach plateau production during 2022. Martin Linge is also the first platform to be put on stream by Equinor from an onshore control room: the wells and the process are operated from the control room in Stavanger, with the offshore operators using tablets in the field to collaborate with the onshore control room and the operations teams onshore. Digital solutions provide early indications of potential failures in the facilities, enabling reduced operational costs and optimalization of energy consumption. Due to power from shore the emissions from the field are low (about 1 kg of CO2 per barrel). Partners: Equinor: 70%, Petoro: 30%