LUNDIN Petroleum Norway’s first producing operated oilfield, Brynhild, has restarted production after being forced to shut-in earlier this year.

The field commenced production on 25 December 2014, however due to operational issues the field was shut-in since mid-January 2015.

In a March announcement, Lundin said the operational issues were related to a leak identified in the gas injection flexible line and to a damaged connection point between one of the mooring chains and the riser buoy.

Since rectified, production has re-commenced with the ramp-up to plateau production expected to continue over the next few weeks.

The drilling of the third well of a four well campaign has now been completed.

The news came after a wildcat well drilled offshore Norway by Swedish oil and gas exploration and production company Lundin Petroleum has been found to be dry, the company has announced.

Lundin said the primary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in lower Paleocene Ty formation reservoir rocks, but according to the company the well encountered no Ty formation sandstone.

The well, drilled about 10 kilometres southwest of the Edvard Grieg field in the North Sea, has been permanently plugged and abandoned, the company said.

The news came after Lundin spudded exploration well 33/2-2S in PL579 on the Morkel prospect in the Northern North Sea, about 180 kilometres west of Florø and 40km west of the Snorre field.

Lundin said drilling is expected to take about 60 days, with a planned total depth of 3,500 metres below mean sea level and the well drilled using the semi-submersible drilling unit Bredford Dolphin.