Development Portfolio

Wellesley’s successful exploration drilling has yielded a material, high quality development portfolio with favourable ESG characteristics. Wellesley’s developments are split between our two exploration themes of “Power From Shore Oil” and “Gas to Europe”.

First production from Wellesley’s portfolio is expected in 2028. Cashflow will then be recycled into the remaining FANTA area development capex, which will help the portfolio achieve peak production around 15 kboe/d in 2030.

Three out of Wellesley’s four developments are operated by Equinor – the most experienced development operator in Norway. There remains significant near-field exploration upside associated with these developments, which will be tested through the drill-bit in the coming years.

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Wellesley Net Production (kboe/d)

Power from Shore Oil

Wellesley has a core licence position around the Fram and Troll area, where it has made five commercial oil discoveries in the last four years.

The Grosbeak, Swisher and Toppand discoveries are all operated by Equinor and will be developed together as part of the “FANTA” (Fram And North Troll Area) area development project.

Power From Shore Oil Net Production (kboe/d)

FANTA will tie back to the Equinor operated Troll B / C platforms, which will be electrified in time for first production from the project. Both platforms will be powered by hydroelectric power from shore and will have zero CO2 emissions associated with their oil production.

Together with Equinor, Wellesley continues to drill exploration prospects to prove more resources in the area. There is a lot more oil to be found here, and we expect FANTA to become one of the most exciting development projects in Norway in the coming years.

The FANTA project is expected to achieve PDO in 2024, with first production from all fields expected in 2028/29.

April 26, 2022


Wellesley took over operatorship of the Grosbeak discovery and drilled two successful appraisal wells in 2018, confirming significant volumes of oil and gas in Brent and Sognefjord reservoirs. The field is now fully appraised with 6 well penetrations and a large dataset including 2 DSTs, 677m of core, logs and PSDM seismic. The appraisal campaign found multi-Darcy reservoirs with good horizontal connectivity, 44° API oil and low CO2 gas.

Grosbeak Production Forecast (kboe/d)

April 25, 2022


A 4-way structure in the Brent reservoir fairway, Toppand was discovered in January 2022 by the 35/10-7 S and A wells, which found oil-filled, stacked reservoirs and an oil/water contact. The geometry of the structure, together with the sand-tank reservoir and high reservoir pressure will enable a very efficient recovery from the discovery.

Toppand Production Forecast (kboe/d)

April 23, 2022


Swisher was discovered in 2020 by the 35/11-24 S well. Subsequently appraised by two sidetracks, the wells found oil and gas in good quality Upper Jurassic reservoirs in a stratigraphic pinchout trap. Swisher will be developed with two oil producers as part of the FANTA project. Gas cap expansion and natural aquifer drive are expected to provide pressure support and to achieve an efficient depletion of the reservoir.

Swisher Production Forecast (kboe/d)

Gas to Europe

Thanks to its ability to displace coal and balance intermittent renewable power generation, gas is a key fuel in the energy transition. Norway produces some of the lowest CO2 gas in the world, making it an increasingly desired product across European markets.

Currently, our portfolio reflects one gas discovery with commercial potential: Osprey.

Gas To Europe Net Production (kboe/d)

February 20, 2022


The Osprey discovery lies in the Norwegian Sea, 7km southeast of the Alve Nord field. Osprey comprises a small Cretaceous gas accumulation that can be drained with a single well. Operatorship of the PL159F licence was taken over by PGNiG in 2022. The licence partners will now work to develop Osprey as a tieback to Skarv, potentially in conjunction with the Alve Nord development.

Osprey Production Forecast (kboe/d)

2023 Factbook

Our factbook contains the latest management view of the production forecasts from Wellesley’s portfolio.