Snøhvit (No)

Snøhvit is the first offshore development in the Barents Sea.

Map of the Snøhvit field on the Norwegian continental shelf

Without surface installations, this project involves bringing natural gas to land for liquefaction and export from the first plant of its kind in Europe and the world’s northernmost liquefied natural gas facility.

Snøhvit is the first major development on the Norwegian continental shelf with no surface installations.

No fixed or floating units are positioned in the Barents Sea. Instead, the subsea production facilities stand on the seabed, in water depths of 250-345 metres.

A total of 20 wells are due to produce gas from the Snøhvit, Askeladd and Albatross fields. This output is transported to land through a 143-kilometre pipeline.

A total of nine wells have been drilled on Snøhvit, eight for production and one for reinjecting carbon dioxide. Six of the producers and the carbon dioxide injector were drilled in 2004/2005.

In addition, three production wells were drilled on Albatross in 2005-06. This field also forms part of the Snøhvit development. The Snøhvit and Albatross wells came on stream in 2007, while the Askeladd development will come on stream after 2020.

Location: Blocks 7120 and 7121 in the Barents Sea

Production date: 21 August 2007

Production: Gas

Partners: ENGIE E&P Norge AS (12%), Statoil Petroleum AS (36.39% and operator), Petoro AS (30%), Total E&P Norge AS (18.4%) and DEA Norge AS (2.81%)

Operator Snøhvit – Statoil
Norwegian petroleum – Snøhvit

The Snøhvit field is processed through the world’s northernmost liquefied natural gas facility at Malkøya. Photo: Eiliv Leren