Fossil energy – Yme
Spanish oil firm Repsol has secured regulatory consent to start production from the Yme field in the North Sea, off Norway.
Yme will once again be producing oil, 20 years after the last time the field was on stream. [The] planned start-up will be in the second half of 2021.
Yme is one of the first oil fields on the Norwegian shelf to be redeveloped after the field was shut down in 2001. Back then, continued operation was not considered profitable. It had produced oil for Statoil between 1996 and 2001.
Yme was originally developed with a jack-up production facility and a storage ship for the sole structure, Gamma.
A new Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) filed by the then operator Talisman was approved for Yme in 2007, but the project was not developed due to the structural integrity issues with the MOPUstor platform deployed at the field. The platform was then removed and decommissioned.
Talisman was eventually bought by Repsol, which became the operator of the Yme field. The new amended PDO for Yme (production licence 316 and production licence 316 B) relates to a combination of existing and new installations and wells.