Cavendish gas field production starts off the UK

RWE Dea UK Development Ltd. has begun commercial gas production of 60 MMcfd from one well in Cavendish gas field on Block 43/19a in the UK Southern Gas basin.

Uchenna Izundu
International Editor

LONDON, July 12 -- RWE Dea UK Development Ltd. has begun commercial gas production of 60 MMcfd from one well in Cavendish gas field on Block 43/19a in the UK Southern Gas basin. The field lies in 18.5 m of water.

Field operator RWE Dea and equal partner Dana Petroleum PLC are drilling second and third wells that are expected to come on stream before yearend. Cavendish, a Carboniferous gas field discovered in 1989, is RWE Dea's first operated development project in the UK.

The development consists of a 6-slot, minimum-facilities fixed platform tied back to the Murdoch platform via 47 km of newly laid pipeline. Murdoch is part of the Caister Murdoch system operated by ConocoPhillips, which transports the gas onward to the Theddlethorpe gas terminal in the UK.

Cavendish field production originally was expected to start in the first quarter with an initial flow of 100 MMcfd and to continue until 2016 (OGJ Online, Nov. 26, 2006).

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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