The Njord oil field in the Norwegian Sea

Njord is an oil field located about 30 kilometres west of Draugen in the Norwegian Sea and was first discovered in 1986. Production started in 1997 from three reservoirs (Tilje, Ile and Åre). The 2P reserves amount to 138 million barrels of oil equivalent (gross). At the beginning of 2017, DEA increased its interest in seven licences and has now a share of 50% in the Njord field.

Field Development

The Njord field has been developed with a floating steel platform, Njord A, which has an integrated deck with drilling and processing facilities, as well as living quarters. In 2012, an extensive maintenance and modification campaign was completed on Njord A to enable extended lifetime, output from the Hyme field and production from the Njord North-West Flank.

The oil from Njord is transported by pipeline from the platform to the storage vessel Njord Bravo, which is anchored right next to the platform. Gas from the Njord field is exported through a 40-kilometre pipeline tied back to the Åsgard Transport pipeline. Åsgard Transport links the field with the Kårstø gas processing plant and the trunklines onward to the European gas market.

Njord Future – Extending the project life cycle and increasing production rates

In 2016, the Njord A platform was towed to Kvaerners yard at Stordfor refurbishment. The Njord Bravo FSU was towed ashore to Kristiansund. Until production was suspended in 2016, Njord had been on stream for 6,821 days, and 54 wells were drilled so far. 10 new production wells are planned on the field. The Njord Future project will see the redevelopment of the Njord and Hyme fields to boost recovery and extend their producing lives.In addition, the nearby Bauge (formerly Snilehorn) discovery is planned to be developed.

In June 2017, a major milestone was reached as the plans for development and operation (PDO) for Njord and Bauge were approved by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Capital expenditures for both fields total more than 2 billion Euros.

First production from Njord Future is currently expected for 2020. The production phase is expected to last until 2040.


Production start1997
Licence sharesDEA Norge AS: 50%
Equinor ASA (operator): 20%
VNG Norge AS: 2.5%
ENGIE E&P Norge AS: 20%
Faroe: 7.50%
LocationAbout 30 kilometres west of Draugen in the Norwegian Sea
ReservoirsTilje, Ile und Åre
2P reserves (gross)138 million barrels of oil equivalent


Photos: © Equinor ASA