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Life extension for Rev

Decommissioning put on hold as Repsol seeks to extract more resources from field off Norway

Repsol has gained a lifetime extension from the authorities for its Rev field off Norway that was due to be shut down next year.

The Spanish operator had applied to the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) for the extension to recover remaining resources from the gas condensate field straddling the UK-Norway median line in the North Sea.

The PSA has now granted the extension to 1 April 2021 to allow Repsol to continue producing from the field, which was brought online in 2009 after being discovered in 2001.

While the field lies in Repsol-operated production licence 038C in the Norwegian sector, its three gas production wells are tied back to the Chrysaor-operated Armada platform on the UK side via a 12-inch export pipeline and umbilical.

However, a decline in reservoir pressure since 2012 and has permitted only sporadic production, which has been contingent on a periodic build-up of pressure.

Repsol had earlier this year filed a draft decommissioning plan with the UK authorities with a view to halting production in the first quarter of 2020.

While the operator was planning to complete decommissioning of the field by the end of 2021, this timetable appears to have been pushed back with the lifetime extension as Repsol seeks to comply with a Norwegian requirement to maximise resource recovery from mature fields.

Repsol holds a 70% operating stake in the licence, with state holding company Petoro the sole partner with 30%.

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