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Equinor increasing its ownership in the Linnorm discovery

The deal is conditional on the approval of the Norwegian authorities.

Equinor increasing its ownership in the Linnorm discovery

Moscow, December 14 - Neftegaz.RU. Equinor has entered into an agreement to acquire Shell’s equity in and operatorship of the Linnorm discovery in the Norwegian Sea.

Under this agreement, Equinor will acquire a 30% interest in the PL 255 covering the Linnorm discovery, conditional upon taking over the operatorship from A/S Norske Shell. The deal is expected to close during the first quarter of 2024.

Kjetil Hove, executive vice president for Exploration and production Norway in Equinor said:

  • through this acquisition Equinor will deepen our position in the Halten area, in line with our strategy to optimise our portfolio on the NCS;
  • we know this area well, where we already have producing hubs and still see attractive opportunities;
  • a lot of good work has already been done to mature Linnorm. Together with our partners, we will build on this and develop the Linnorm gas resources for the European market.

The Linnorm discovery in the Norwegian Sea was proven in 2005 and is the largest undeveloped gas discovery on the NCS.
Linnorm is estimated to contain around 25-30 billion cubic meters (bcm)of recoverable gas resources. As a comparison, this is more gas than remaining reserves in each of the producing fields Aasta Hansteen, Martin Linge, and Gina Krog.

Equinor will continue to evaluate a tie-back for Linnorm to the Equinor- operated Kristin or Åsgard B installations.

Marianne Olsnes, managing director of Shell in Norway said:

  • we are proud of our efforts to mature Linnorm and are pleased that we were able to find a solution which opens for it to be developed with an aligned partnership;
  • this does not impact our ambition to maintain a material upstream position in Norway and contribute to the development and transition of the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

The deal is conditional on the approval of the Norwegian authorities.

The partners in PL 255 are:

  • A/S Norske Shell 30% (operator until the transaction is completed);
  • Petoro - 30%;
  • Equinor Energy - 20%;
  • TotalEnergies EP Norge AS - 20%.

Facts about the Linnorm discovery

  • 6406/9-1 Linnorm is a discovery in the central part of the Norwegian Sea, 50 kilometres northwest of the Draugen field;
  • the water depth is around 300 metres;
  • the discovery was proven in 2005 and delineated in 2007;
  • the reservoir contains relatively dry gas with high CO2 content. It is a complex and challenging reservoir with high pressure and high temperature (HPHT);
  • the reservoir is in the Ile, Tofte and Tilje Formations of Early to Middle Jurassic age, and has variable quality.


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