Watching the World Tight squeeze for Texaco's Erskine

Texaco North Sea U.K. Co. aims to begin production in October from the North Sea's first high-pressure/high-temperature (HP/HT) field development, but this milestone project almost did not happen. Erskine lies in 90 m of water on U.K. Blocks 23/26a and 23/6b and is owned 50-50 by operator Texaco and BP Exploration Operating Co. Ltd. Estimated reserves are 330 bcf of gas and 75 million bbl of light oil. Erskine was discovered in 1981 but was undeveloped for so long because of technical concerns over HP/HT reservoirs and lack of export infrastructure. Then Amoco U.K. Exploration Co. developed Everest and Lomond fields to the north and built the Central A...

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