Wintershall Noordzee B.V.

F17 REMBRANDT - VERMEER A future development

The Rembrandt oil field, located in block F-17a on the Dutch continental shelf approximately 120 kilometers north of Den Helder and 10 kilometers from Natura2000 area Frisian Front, was discovered and production-tested in 2012. Two years later it appeared that Rembrandt has company from another nearby discovery. This discovery, also located in block F17a, has been named Vermeer. 

Both fields are named after famous Dutch Golden Age painters and are two separate oil accumulations.

The F17 – or Rembrandt/Vermeer – development project has undergone several stages so far. As part of the Production Licence Application, a field development plan was submitted to the Dutch authorities in late 2014. The Production Licence has come into force as per 28 June 2016. 

General facts & figures

-    120 kms north of Den Helder
-    Water depth ~44m
-    High energy efficiency standards
-    Ready for connection to e-grid
-    Medium gravity oil and minor quantities of gas
-    Oil offloading via Single Anchor Loading (SAL) and shuttle tanker
-    Gas export via NOGAT transportation pipeline
-    Operator WINZ 30%
-    Partners: Neptune Energy 20%, TAQA 5%, Rosewood 5% & EBN 40%

Project way forward

As there is no oil infrastructure nearby, a complete suite of new facilities will be needed for both Rembrandt and Vermeer. The concept for Vermeer entails building a platform which combines both the production necessities and the living quarters. It will be built on top of a subsea oil storage tank designed to facilitate its removal at end of operating life. 

High energy efficiency standards including waste heat recovery and heat integration are part of the platform design. Also, the platforms will be ready for connecting to an electrical grid when feasible. 

Rembrandt will be developed from a smaller normally unmanned platform connecting it to Vermeer by means of an umbilical for power and control as well as different pipelines, amongst which a production pipeline. Once the subsea storage tank is full, the oil will be picked up by a shuttle tanker and be brought to a refinery, most likely in the port of Rotterdam.

As part of the development preparations Wintershall Noordzee will submit an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The EIA will reflect the impact by the planned activities on the environment, be it air, water, soil, or waste. Submission of the EIA to the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate is planned in the course of 2020. 

Wintershall Noordzee is currently working on detailed field development plans for the Rembrandt and Vermeer fields. This phase followed an extensive phase of feasibility studies and analysis of various potential development concepts. The next phase to follow will be the execution phase where the platforms and pipelines will be constructed and installed followed by a drilling phase, with first oil planned for 2023. 

Platform information

F17-A “Vermeer”

  • Manned facility
  • Max POB: 39
  • 2 producers + 1 water injector
  • Oil separations and stabilization
    • Max. Oil: 20,000 bbl/d
  • Gas dehydration & compression
    • Max. gas 500,000 Nm3/d
  • Local oil storage 150,000 bbl in subsea tank
  • Water treatment and injection
  • Local electrical power generation and designed for e-grid connection when available
  • Platform and capacity designed for potential future tie-ins

F17-B “Rembrandt”

  • Normally unmanned satellite platform
  • Tie-in of existing producer F17-13X + 1 water injector
    • 1 infill producer planned in later phase
  • No processing, no storage
  • Designed for well services operations
  • Power via umbilical from Vermeer