Pandion Energy awarded two APA licenses

The APA award was announced by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy on Tuesday 10 January. For more information about the APA 2022 Licensing Round see Ministry of Petroleum and Energy’s website.

Pandion Energy has been awarded the following licenses:

  • License PL 1180 in blocks 35/9,12 and 36/7,10 is located in the Greater Gjøa area in the North Sea. Pandion Energy has been offered a 30 percent participating interest in PL 1180.
  • License PL 1149 B is additional acreage to PL 1149 located west of the Nova field in the North Sea. Pandion Energy holds a 30 percent interest in the license.
Greater Gjøa Area with Pandion Energy licences and APA 2022 awards to Pandion Energy.
Greater Gjøa Area with Pandion Energy licences and APA 2022 awards to Pandion Energy.

CEO of Pandion Energy, Jan Cristian Ellefsen stated the following:

We are pleased that we have been awarded the areas we applied for in the APA 2022 licensing round. The licences are located in one of our core areas and fit well with our existing portfolio including the Nova field which was put on stream during 2022 and the recent Ofelia discovery in production license 929. This year’s APA awards is in line with our strategy of being an active, full-cycle partner driving value in high-quality assets on the NCS.

Pandion Energy partner in its fourth PDO on the NCS

The joint development project, located in the southern part of the North Sea, comprises a new centrally located production and wellhead platform (PWP) bridge-linked to the Valhall central complex with 24 well slots, and an unmanned installation (UI) with 8 slots at Fenris (formerly King Lear) subsea tied back 50 kilometres to the PWP.

CEO of Pandion Energy, Jan Cristian Ellefsen stated the following:

“Since taking a 10 percent ownership in the Valhall and Hod fields in December 2017, we have been an active partner cooperating closely with the operator in the further development of the Valhall area. We are very pleased to be a part of today’s PDO submittal, which is our third with Aker BP in the Valhall area and the fourth overall for Pandion Energy as a company. Being fully electrified from shore since 2013, the Valhall area also fits well with our Net Zero Carbon Strategy. We look forward to contributing further to optimizing the Valhall infrastructure and, through this, capture more of the remaining resource potential in the area.”

Increased production with minimal emissions

The total new reserves developed by the joint development project are estimated to 230 million barrels oil equivalent (mmboe) gross. A total of 19 wells are planned to be drilled, of which 15 at Valhall PWP, recovering 70 mmboe with first oil in second quarter 2027. The project will also involve a modernisation of Valhall that ensures continued operation when parts of the current infrastructure are to be phased out in 2028, thus enabling production of the remaining Valhall reserves from 2029 onwards, which are estimated at 135-140 mmboe gross.

The development will leverage Valhall’s existing power from shore system with minimal emissions, estimated at less than 1 kg CO2/boe.

The joint development project implies significant synergies in the development and operational phases for the Valhall and Fenris license partners. Total investments in the Valhall PWP – Fenris development are estimated at NOK 50 billion in real terms.

The Valhall asset and field is currently undergoing a major modernization and the new PWP installation will become an integrated part of the Valhall field taking over key global functions as other facilities are phased out.

See also full press release from Aker BP:

About Production licenses and partners:

  • Partners in Valhall Unit (PL 006B and 033B): Aker BP (90%, operator), Pandion Energy (10%)
  • Fenris (formerly King Lear, PL146, 146B 333 and 1088): Aker BP (77.8%, operator), PGNiG (22.2%)

About Installations:

  • Valhall PWP: A production and wellhead platform (PWP), bridge-linked to the Valhall central complex
  • Fenris: An unmanned installation (UI), subsea tied back 50km to Valhall PWP

New discovery north-west of Draugen in the Norwegian Sea

Preliminary volume estimates are between 1 and 3.5 million standard cubic meters (MSm3) of recoverable oil equivalents, corresponding to 6-22 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe).

VP Exploration & Appraisal, Bente Flakstad Vold stated the following:

This is our fifth consecutive discovery in mature areas on the Norwegian continental shelf. Pandion Energy actively targets near field exploration opportunities which allow for low cost and low carbon developments. The partners in the Calypso license will now study options to effectively develop the discovery using nearby infrastructure.

“We would like to congratulate both the operator Neptune Energy and the Deepsea Yantai team on yet another successful drilling operation.”

Pandion Energy is also partner in the Neptune Energy operated Ofelia discovery in the North Sea announced in August (link).

The Calypso discovery is located 14 kilometres north-west of the Draugen field and 22 kilometres north-east of the Njord A platform.

Well 6407/8-8S was drilled to a vertical depth of 3496 metres and encountered an estimated 8 metre thick gas column and 30-metre thick oil column in a 131 metres thick Garn Formation sandstone reservoir, of good to very good quality.

The well was drilled by the Deepsea Yantai, a semi-submersible rig owned by CIMC and operated by Odfjell Drilling. The partners in the license are: Neptune Energy (operator, 30%), OKEA ASA (30%), Pandion Energy AS (20%) and Vår Energi ASA (20%)

Merger with wholly owned subsidiary completed

Reference is made to announcement on 9 March 2022 regarding Pandion Energy AS acquiring the shares of ONE-Dyas Norge AS from ONE-Dyas Holding B.V., and the completion of the transaction announced on 30 June 2022 where ONE-Dyas Norge AS became a wholly owned subsidiary of Pandion Energy AS.

The transfer was approved by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (“MPE”) on the condition that the two companies shall be merged. ONE-Dyas Norge AS’ name was later changed to Pandion Energy Norge AS. The merger between Pandion Energy AS and Pandion Energy Norge AS was approved by the MPE 14 October 2022 and was completed on 1 November 2022 with Pandion Energy AS as the surviving entity.

Successful discovery in the Gjøa area

The Ofelia well, 35/6-3 S encountered oil in the Agat formation. The preliminary estimate of recoverable oil volume is in the range of 2.5-6.2 million standard cubic meters (MSm3) or 16-39 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe). An additional upside of around 10 mmboe recoverable gas in the shallower Kyrre formation north of the well, brings the total recoverable volume to approximately 26-49 mmboe. The Ofelia drilling program confirmed an oil/water contact at 2,639 metres total vertical depth.

The discovery is located 15 kilometres north of the Gjøa platform, also operated by Neptune Energy. Ofelia will be considered for development as a tie-back to the Gjøa semi-submersible platform in parallel with the recent Hamlet oil and gas discovery. Gjøa is electrified with power from shore and produces at less than half the average carbon intensity of Norwegian Continental Shelf fields*.

Jan Christian Ellefsen, CEO of Pandion Energy said:

With this discovery Pandion Energy further manifests its presence in the Greater Gjøa Area and demonstrates the potential of our exploration strategy focusing on opportunities close to existing infrastructure. I’m also pleased to see that we are able to deliver profitable growth while remaining loyal to our Net Zero Carbon strategy.

Bente Flakstad Vold, VP Exploration and Appraisal, added:

“Our history in this area traces back to the first discovery in Pandion Energy’s portfolio, namely 36/7-4 Cara later renamed Duva. Ofelia was our first APA application building on the experiences made as partner in the area, and demonstrates the exploration team’s ability to deliver organic growth.”

Duva, now on stream, was the first discovery in the Agat formation in this area, a reservoir which until recently was not part of established exploration models on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Pandion Energy divested its interest in the Duva field in 2020 and is currently partner in several neighbouring exploration licenses. Earlier this year Pandion Energy acquired a 10 per cent interest in the Nova field, which was put on stream in July as a subsea tie-back to Gjøa.

Ofelia was drilled by the Deepsea Yantai, a semi-submersible rig, owned by CIMC and operated by Odfjell Drilling.

Partners: Neptune Energy (Operator, 40%), Pandion Energy (20%), Wintershall Dea (20%),  Aker BP ASA (previously Lundin Energy) (10%) and DNO (10%).

For further information see press release from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (link) and the operator Neptune Energy (link).


Notes to editors:

* CO2 emissions from Gjøa are estimated at 3kg of CO2 per boe (EnvironmentHub (EEH); CO2 emissions and Diskos; Gross production incl. tie-ins, 2020), average on the Norwegian Continental Shelf is 8 kg CO2/barrel (NOROG Miljørapport 2020).

Farm down in PL 820S and 820SB to Vår Energi

Pandion Energy has farmed down a 5% participating interest in PL 820S and 820SB to Vår Energi with effective date 1 January 2022. The transaction is one of multiple transactions bringing Vår Energi’s participating interest in these licenses to 30% in total. Following the transaction, Pandion Energy’s participating interest will be 7.5% in both licenses. It has further been agreed between the partners in PL 820 and 820SB to propose that Vår Energi is appointed operator.

First oil at the Nova field

CEO Jan Christian Ellefsen of Pandion Energy comments:

“Nova on stream is an important milestone for Pandion Energy as this will more than double our daily production when at peak – a big thanks to all involved for getting us to this stage! We now look forward to work closely with the operator and partners to further enhance production and value creation from the Nova field. I’m also very pleased to see that we’re able to continue delivering profitable growth while remaining loyal to our Net Zero Carbon strategy. Together with the existing production from Valhall & Hod, we will have among the lowest CO2 intensity levels on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.”

The Nova field (previously Skarfjell) was discovered in 2012 and the plan for development and operation (PDO) was approved in 2018. Pandion Energy entered the project through the acquisition of ONE-Dyas Norge AS, which was announced in March this year and completed at the end of June.

About Nova

Nova is located in the North Sea, about 120 kilometres northwest of Bergen and approximately 17 kilometres southwest of the host platform Gjøa. The field is developed with two subsea templates and a total of six wells; three producers and three water injectors. The host platform will provide gas lift and water injection to the field and receive the Nova hydrocarbons.

The Nova oil will be transported via Gjøa through the Troll Oil Pipeline II to Mongstad, associated gas will be exported via the Far North Liquids and Associated Gas System (FLAGS) pipeline to St Fergus in the UK, supplying the European energy market.

The Nova partnership consists of Wintershall Dea (45% participating interest and operator), Sval Energi (45%) and Pandion Energy Norge (10%). In May this year, Wintershall Dea announced that it had entered into agreement to sell a 6% participating interest in the Nova field to OKEA.

For more information about Nova, see:

Pandion Energy completes acquisition of ONE-Dyas Norge AS

Following the completion of the transaction, ONE-Dyas Norge AS has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Pandion Energy and the name of the company will be changed to Pandion Energy Norge AS.

The transaction includes a 10 percent share of the Nova field and a total of nine exploration licenses. The Nova field is expected to start production in the second half of 2022 and will be sustainably operated with hydro power from shore through Gjøa. 

This transaction represents a new leap in the Pandion Energy story and secures the company a solid foundation for further growth. With Nova on stream, the Pandion Energy’s daily production will more than double from the current level. In line with Pandion Energy’s Net Zero Carbon strategy, the combined Valhall and Nova production will, have among the lowest CO2 intensity levels on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. 

In accordance with conditions set forth in the approval by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, a separate merger process will be initiated to combine the portfolio of the two companies under one licensee.

Pandion Energy completes debt refinancing process

Together with the USD 75 million 4-year tenor senior unsecured bond successfully raised on 25 May, this concludes Pandion Energy’s refinancing process. The purpose of this process has been to optimize the capital structure on the back of the acquisition of ONE-Dyas Norge AS announced on 9 March (completion pending authorities’ approval).

Commenting on the refinancing process, Jan Christian Ellefsen, CEO of Pandion Energy’s said:

“We are very pleased to have completed the debt refinancing as planned under unusually volatile market conditions. We are also comforted by the continued strong support from both leading Nordic and international banks, as well as institutional bond investors. By retaining this diversified and flexible capital structure, we are fully financed to meet exciting commitments and to act on future growth opportunities.”

The bond will be listed on the Nordic ABM, a marketplace regulated by Oslo Børs, within 9 months. Nordic Trustee has been appointed as bond trustee. Upon closing of the new bond issue, Pandion Energy issued a call notice for full redemption of PANE01 PRO earlier today.

ABG Sundal Collier, DNB Markets and Pareto Securities acted as joint lead managers and bookrunners of the bond issue.

Arntzen de Besche acted as legal advisor to Pandion Energy in the refinancing process. RBL banks were advised by Wiersholm and managers of the bond issue were advised by Thommessen.