The Johan Sverdrup field operated by Equinor in the Norwegian part of the North Sea has been officially opened by Norway’s Prime Minister (PM) Erna Solberg.

Equinor and its partners Lundin Norway, Petoro, Aker BP, and Total commenced production from phase 1 of the offshore Norwegian field in October 2019. According to Equinor, production at the Johan Sverdrup project has since then ramped up to more than 300,000 barrels per day.

The partners plan to begin production from the phase 2 development of the Johan Sverdrup field in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Johan Sverdrup field to generate $101.7bn revenue to the Norwegian state

The Norwegian oil and gas company expects the offshore field to generate a total production revenue of over NOK1,400bn ($158.3bn) and over NOK900bn ($101.76bn) in revenue to Norway.

Johan Sverdrup is estimated to have recoverable reserves of 2.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent in place. Equinor and partners expect to produce two thirds of the oil from the offshore Norwegian field by 2030.

The partners have a power-from-shore solution in place which has been designed to deliver electricity to the Johan Sverdrup project for more than 50 years. The power-from-shore solution is said to help in reducing the CO2 emissions at the Johan Sverdrup field by more than 25 million tonnes of CO2 over its lifetime.

Equinor CEO Eldar Sætre said: “Johan Sverdrup offers both high value creation and record-low emissions, making Johan Sverdrup a future-oriented oil field and part of the solution for reduced emissions.

“Electrification is an important tool for reaching Norwegian and international climate goals, aiming to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in Norway by 40% by 2030, and close to zero emissions in 2050.”

The Johan Sverdrup field is estimated to yield up to 660,000 barrels of oil per day in full production. Plateau production from the phase 1 development will be up to 440,000 barrels of oil per day which is likely to be achieved in the summer of 2020, said the Norwegian oil and gas company.

Equinor development and production Norway executive vice president Arne Sigve Nylund said: “We are working systematically on creating higher value from the field and achieving an optimal recovery rate. The field ambition is to reach a recovery rate above 70%.”