Norway-based DEA Norge has secured the plan development and operation (PDO) approval from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy for the €1.1bn Dvalin gas field development in the Norwegian Sea.

Located in blocks 6507/7/9 and 6507/8 in production license 435, the field, previously known as Zidane, is operated by DEA Norge with a 55% interest while other partners include Petoro with 35% stake and Edison with 10% share.

According to estimates, the field holds recoverable reserves of around 18.2 billion cubic meters gas.

Following submission of PDO in October 2016, DEA awarded major contracts to Aibel, Aker Solutions and Technip Norge.

DEA Norge managing director Hans-Hermann Andreae said: “This approval is a major milestone for the Dvalin project, and we are committed to develop the project and start production in 2020.”

“The Dvalin development creates jobs in Trøndelag, Møre og Romsdal, Rogaland and Oslo/Akershus in a time, when activity is needed. We are proud of leading a project that has widespread ripple effects.

DEA said that the field development will contribute significantly to its business growth in Norway.

Engineering and detailed planning work is currently underway for the project, which is expected to commence production in 2020.

The Dvalin field is planned to be developed with a four wells subsea template, which is connected to the Heidrun platform.

DEA expects to commence production of the new modules, which are due to be installed at the Heidrun platform as well as the subsea production systems later this year.

Image: Illustration of Dvalin field development in the Norwegian Sea. Photo: courtesy of DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG.