Aker BP’s Frosk development in the central part of the North Sea has begun production.

The Frosk field, tied back to the Alvheim FPSO about 25 km away via existing subsurface structures on Bøyla and Alvheim, started production 18 months after the operator submitted the plan for development and operation (PDO) to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. Aker BP said the fast-track project in 120 m water depth was on schedule and within the company’s $230 million budget.

In a press release, Aker BP CEO Karl Johnny Hersvik said the project team worked closely with suppliers.

"This is a great example of what we can achieve with the alliance model, working as one team with our suppliers towards a common goal with shared incentives,” Hersvik said.

Through the alliance model, Alvheim benefits from continuity on rigs, vessels, facilities and personnel. This allows for transfer of learnings and continuous improvement in methods and technology from one project to the next, Aker BP said.

The Frosk project engaged the Semi Alliance of Aker BP, Odfjell Drilling and Halliburton for drilling and completion of new wells, and the Subsea Alliance of Aker BP, Subsea 7 and Aker Solutions for the subsea development.

Frosk, discovered in 2018, holds about 10 MMboe of recoverable reserves.

Frosk is the first of three new subsea tie-back projects to the Alvheim FPSO, with Kobra East & Gekko planned to come on stream early 2024 and Tyrving expected onstream in 2025.

Aker BP operates Frosk in PL340 and PL869 on behalf of Vår Energi as partner.