Following the transaction, the PGNiG Group’s own gas production in Norway will increase to 0.9 bcm in 2021, nearly 30% above the previous forecast.
Gas produced from the new fields, along with volumes resulting from the previous acquisitions made by PGNiG’s Norwegian subsidiary between 2017 and 2020, will be sent to Poland after the Baltic Pipe link is launched.
“This latest transaction involving assets on the Norwegian Continental Shelf is closely in line with the PGNiG Group’s strategy. Its purpose is to diversify gas supplies and improve Poland’s energy security in reliance on our own reserves. As with the transaction completed earlier this year whereby we increased our interest in the Gina Krog field, also this acquisition will translate into an immediate and substantial increase in gas volumes produced by our subsidiary on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, with a positive effect on the PGNiG Group’s overall operating performance,” said Jerzy Kwieciński, President of the Management Board of PGNiG SA, the sole owner of PGNiG Upstream Norway.
Following the transaction, PGNiG Upstream Norway (PUN) will come to hold, as a licence partner, a 6.45% interest in the Kvitebjørn field and a 3.225% in the Valemon field. The company will additionally acquire a stake in the infrastructure used to transport hydrocarbons produced from these fields.
According to PUN’s estimates, the acquisition will bring about a step increase in its average daily production of hydrocarbons (both oil and gas), of about 30%.
The Kvitebjørn field is located in the northern part of the North Sea, with the water depth of 190 metres. Kvitebjørn was discovered in 1994, while the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) was approved in 2000. The field has been in production since 2004.
The Valemon field is located immediately west of Kvitebjørn, with the water depth of 135 metres. Valemon was discovered in 1985, the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) was approved in 2011, and production commenced in 2015.
The agreement with Shell is yet to be approved by the Norwegian petroleum and tax authorities.
PGNiG Upstream Norway is already producing oil and gas from seven fields: Skarv, Morvin, Vale, Vilje, Gina Krog, Skogul and Aerfugl, while development and assessment work is under way on five more deposits: Duva, Tommeliten Alpha, King Lear, Aerfugl Outer and Shrek.
Learn about Shrek during the upcoming Digital Norwegian Continental Shelf Exploration Conference, 14-15 Oct.