The first offshore development in the Barents Sea supplies gas to the world's northernmost LNG liquefaction plant.



Gas and condensate





Field facts

Snøhvit is the first offshore development in the Barents Sea. It is one of the key producers in the Norwegian portfolio. There is enough extractable gas to maintain production to 2040. New projects are set to extend field life further and expand production to meet the LNG plant’s processing capacity.

Snøhvit is the first major development on the Norwegian continental shelf with no surface installations. It has no fixed or floating units. Instead, its subsea production facilities operate in water depths of 250–345 metres. They are designed to be over-trawlable to prevent any damage from contact with fishing equipment.

It consists of three main structures: Snøhvit, Albatross and Askeladd. Nine wells have been drilled at Snøhvit, seven for production and two for reinjecting CO2. These came on stream in 2007. The three wells drilled at Albatross began producing in 2010. A gas-producing well in Snøhvit Nord will start production in 2019. When the Askeladd development comes on stream in 2020 a total of 16 wells will be active.

The project relies on one of the world’s longest subsea tie-backs. Natural gas is transported along a 143 km pipeline for liquefaction at the world’s northernmost LNG facility, a purpose-built plant on Melkøya Island.

First gas 2007


Neptune Energy (12%), Equinor Energy (36.8%), Petoro (30%), Total E&P Norge (18.4%), DEA Norge (2.8%).