Flaring ends at Siri field in Danish North Sea

Statoil AS's marginal North Siri field has become the first Danish offshore installation to stop flaring gas, the Norwegian operator reported Friday. An average of 25,000 cu m/day of gas, previously flared in connection with production shutdowns or process trips, will now be used either in power generation, or re-injected.


By the OGJ Online Staff

LONDON, May 18 -- Statoil AS's marginal North Siri field has become the first Danish offshore installation to stop flaring gas, the Norwegian operator reported Friday. An average of 25,000 cu m/day of gas, previously flared in connection with production shutdowns or process trips, will now be used either in power generation, or re-injected.

Statoil said some 300 cu m/day of gas would continuing to be consumed by a small pilot flame on the installation, which is producing 30,000 b/d of oil.

Gas recovery and environmentally friendly technological advances such as injection of produced water are part of Siri's production "philosophy."

The field has also made use of the simultaneous water and gas, or SWAG, injection into the reservoir, though, Statoil noted, injecting produced water has increased wear on the injection pumps, and their design is to be modified.

Oil production began from Siri in March 1999. The field is in 60 m of water in Block 5604/20 on the Ringkøbing-Fyn High, some 130 nautical miles west of Esbjerg.

Statoil expects Siri to cease production between 2005 and 2007.

Statoil has a 40% interest in Siri. The field's other partners are Enterprise Oil PLC, with 20%, DONG AS, with 20%, Denerco Oil AS 7.5%, and Phillips Petroleum Co., with 12.5%.

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