Venture starts production from Grouse oil field

Venture Production PLC, Aberdeen, has brought Grouse oil field on Block 21/19 on stream in the UK Central North Sea.

Uchenna Izundu
International Editor

LONDON, Jan. 7 -- Venture Production PLC, Aberdeen, has brought Grouse oil field on Block 21/19 on stream in the UK Central North Sea.

The field is expected to produce 10,000 b/d of oil and 3.25 MMscfd of natural gas in 2009. Production is through a single subsea well tied back to the company's operated Kittiwake platform—the production hub for the Greater Kittiwake Area (GKA). Natural gas will be used as fuel or exported via the Shell Fulmar line to St Fergus.

Venture said it saved money by laying Grouse's required pipeline when it developed Chestnut and Stamford fields, which began production in 2008.

"Grouse has also made use of a pipeline tie-in point that was preinstalled during the construction of the Goosander infrastructure in 2006," Venture said. Goosander started production in August 2006 in the GKA production hub.

Mallard oil field, also in the GKA, resumed production in mid-December following production optimization initiatives. It is a high-pressure, high-temperature subsea tieback to the Kittiwake platform.

Mike Wagstaff, chief executive of Venture, said Grouse was the third GKA satellite to have been brought into production since Venture assumed operatorship 5 years ago.

Venture operates Grouse with a 50% working interest. Its partner, Dana Petroleum PLC, holds the other 50%.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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