Aker BP has strengthened its first quarter production rates by nearly 19,000 barrels per day compared to this time last year.
The Oslo listed exploration firm has announced that during the first four months of the year production was was 145.3 thousand barrels of oil equivalents per day (mboepd).
This compares to a first quarter result of 126.5 mboepd in 2016.
According to its website, measured in production, Aker BP is one of the largest independent oil companies in Europe.
The firm is the operator of the Valhall, Ula, Ivar Aasen, Alvheim and Skarv field hubs in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
The biggest increase in production in Q1 2017 was from the Ivar Aasen field, west of the giant Johan Sverdrup Field.
Aker BP is the operator of the field and production only started on Christmas Eve 2016.
As a result, year on year production increased from 0.8 mboepd to 15mboepd.