Brenda, Nicol fields in UK North Sea start oil production

Uchenna Izundu
International Editor

LONDON, June 11 -- Oil production has begun from Brenda and Nicol fields in the UK Central North Sea. Production from the fields is expected to average 30,000 b/d of oil during the first full year.

Oilexco Inc., operator of both fields, said these were its first projects in the North Sea. Brenda field, which has four horizontal production wells, is a subsea development with oil coming from Paleocene sands. It is connected by an 8-km subsea tieback to the Balmoral floating production vessel on Block 16/21a. Oilexco owns a 7.9% nonoperated interest in the Balmoral facility.

During the second year of Brenda's production, Oilexco will drill and complete a fifth horizontal well in the Brenda West accumulation as defined by the 15/25b-9 and 15/25b-10 wells.

Oil from Nicol field, also from a Paleocene sands reservoir, is flowing from a single well with a 10-km subsea tieback to the Brenda manifold.

The Brenda and Nicol fields are on Blocks 15/25b and 15/25a, respectively, and were developed simultaneously.

Oil production from Brenda and Nicol was scheduled to come on stream late last year, but was severely delayed because of a divers' strike, which affected laying the subsea infrastructure, as well as atrocious weather in the North Sea.

Oilexco has a 100% working interest in Brenda and Nicol. It has a 70% revenue interest in Nicol and has agreed to pay £9 million to Eni SPA and ConocoPhillips to buy the outstanding 30% interest. The deal grants them the first right to lift 1.25 million bbl from 30% of the field's gross production. After this happens, Oilexco will have a full 100% working interest, a company spokesman told OGJ.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

Related Articles

ConocoPhillips reports higher 2013 earnings

02/10/2014 ConocoPhillips reported full-year earnings of $9.2 billion in 2013, an increase from the $8.4 billion totaled in 2012, which included $1.2 billion ...

ConocoPhillips reports higher 2013 earnings, expects higher production in 2014

01/31/2014 ConocoPhillips reported full-year earnings of $9.2 billion in 2013, an increase from the $8.4 billion totaled in 2012, which included $1.2 billion ...

Alaska LNG Project parties sign heads of agreement

01/16/2014 ExxonMobil Corp., BP PLC, ConocoPhillips, TransCanada Corp., Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC), and Alaska’s commissioners of natural resourc...

ConocoPhillips closes $1.75 billion sale of Algeria business

11/27/2013 ConocoPhillips completed the sale of its Algeria business unit ConocoPhillips Algeria Ltd. to Indonesian state-owned Pertamina for $1.75 billion, r...

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected