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Equinor (EQNR) & Partners Commence Profitable Grasel Production

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Equinor ASA EQNR and partners recently commenced production from the Grasel field in the Skarv area, four months ahead of schedule. The site is located in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea.

Equinor owns a 36.2% stake in the Skarv licence. BP plc’s BP affiliate Aker BP is the operator with 23.8% interest, while Wintershall Dea Norge and PGNiG Upstream Norway hold 28.1% and 11.9% stake in the license, respectively. The project came online just after six months of making the decision to develop it.

Markedly, the Grasel reservoir was discovered in 1998 and is estimated to hold 13 million barrels of oil equivalent. Aker BP is using the available capacity in Skarv floating production storage and offloading vessel to produce oil from the Grasel project. Total investment for the project was recorded at NOK 1.2 billion (almost $140 million).

Developing the Grasel project is another step for the partners in the Skarv license to make it a key hub for the surrounding oil and gas discoveries. Importantly, breakeven price for the project is $15 per barrel, which positions the companies involved for massive profits. The Brent Crude price has significantly recovered from last year’s historic low levels and is currently hovering well above the $70 per barrel mark.

Equinor has stakes in many such profitable upstream operations, wherein emissions are relatively low, which are expected to fund its transition to become a net-zero greenhouse gas emitter by 2050. The company is investing actively in renewable energy projects, comprising power generation from solar and wind energy. It expects to boost production capacities from renewables to 4-6 gigawatts by 2026.

Price Performance

Shares of the company have gained 41.7%, outperforming the industry’s 20.4% growth in the past year.

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