Decision looms for gas fields off Poland

Plans to develop two natural gas and condensate fields offshore Poland have advanced with the award of a preliminary contract for an onshore gas plant.

Plans to develop two natural gas and condensate fields offshore Poland have advanced with the award of a preliminary contract for an onshore gas plant.

The Baltic Gas joint venture let the contract to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. for a study of the plant preceding a final investment decision. Gary Mandel, president of Jacobs Petroleum & Chemicals, said FID approval could come in the second half of 2016.

Baltic Gas, established for development of B4 and B6 fields, comprises CalEnergy Resources Ltd., London, and LOTOS Petrobaltic SA, Gdansk. CalEnergy Resources Poland, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co., Des Moines, is operator for project development with 49% interest.

B4 and B6 fields have as much as 149 bcf of gas originally in place, according to CalEnergy.

Development involves a wellhead platform on B4 field connected by a subsea flowline to a central platform on B6. From there, gas would move by subsea flowline to landfall at Wladyslawowo, near the site of the planned treatment and liquids-extraction plant.

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