DTI approves Brechin field development

By OGJ editors

HOUSTON, Dec. 29 -- Paladin Resources PLC subsidiary Paladin Expro Ltd., London, and its 41.03% joint venture partner Energy North Sea Ltd, a Marubeni Corp. subsidiary, have received DTI approval for the development of Brechin oil field, which is close to the Montrose, Arbroath, and Arkwright (MonArb) field complex.

The estimated development cost is £21 million.

The field will achieve production by utilizing a single horizontal well tied back to the existing Arkwright field subsea infrastructure about 3.4 km away. The oil will be transported via pipeline for processing on the Montrose field platform and then to shore via the Forties Pipeline System.

Production, which is slated to begin in July 2005, will peak at over 5,000 b/d.

Field operator Paladin discovered Brechin field in May 2004 with its first UK-operated exploration well 22/23a-7, which penetrated 138 ft of oil-bearing Palaeocene Forties Sandstone.

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