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General informationOperator: A/S Norske Shell Production start: 19.10.1993 Main supply base: Kristiansund
The Draugen Reservoir
Draugen lies in block 6407/9. Included in the eighth licensing round in the autumn of 1983, it was awarded the following March to Shell as operator and partners Statoil and BP.
The unique Draugen platform
Shell declared the Draugen field commercial in May 1987. It had then assessed many different platform solutions since the second appraisal well in August 1985.
Draugen beneath the waves
The seabed installations on Draugen were developed by the subsea department of Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk (KV, later Kongsberg Offshore (KOS) and FMC), aided by an R&D collaboration with Shell. This cooperation was successful for both sides. Shell saved money through intelligent solutions, while Kongsberg’s subsea team was able to demonstrate its capability to an international company. Amplified by Shell’s big network of contacts, that proved a springboard into becoming a substantial exporter of subsea technology.