- Development project to increase share of natural gas in OMV portfolio in accordance with Strategy 2030
- Drilling of Berling field to commence Q3/2026 with gas and condensate production expected in 2028
- OMV (Norge) AS is operator (30%) and licence partners are Equinor Energy AS (40%) and DNO Norge AS (30%)
Oslo, June 28, 2023
OMV announces the approval of its Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for the Berling gas and condensate discovery by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. The plan was submitted by OMV (Norge) AS to the Norwegian authorities on behalf of the license partners in December last year.
“Berling is one of our key natural gas development projects and is geared to increase the share of natural gas in our portfolio as outlined in OMV’s Strategy 2030. The gas and condensate volumes are expected to further strengthen Norway’s position as an important European supplier of natural gas,” said Berislav Gaso, Executive Vice President for Energy, OMV AG.
The Berling production license area is located about 235 km from Kristiansund in the Northwestern part of Norway, in a mature oil and gas province with established infrastructure. The closest hub is the Equinor-operated Åsgard B platform approximately 23 km to the south-east.
The development concept for the field is a 4-slot subsea production template tied back via a 24-kilometer pipeline to the Åsgard B platform. The condensate will be transferred to Åsgard and co-mingled with other production for storage and export by shuttle tankers to the market. The rich gas will be processed on Åsgard B and transported via the platform’s transport system for further processing at the Kårstø gas processing plant.
Three production wells will be drilled at the Berling field starting Q3/2026 with expected first gas and condensate production in 2028. The estimated gross recoverable reserves are expected to be around a total of 45 mn boe.
The development cost is estimated at NOK 9.1 billion (Real 2022-NOK). The employment effect in the development and operation phase is around 4,200 man-years. The development is progressing as planned with all major contracts secured.
The Berling discoveries in production licence 644 (PL 644) area were made 2018. OMV (Norge) AS is the operator for the development and operations with 30% working interest. The license partners are Equinor Energy AS (40%) and DNO Norge AS (30%).