Serica files Columbus field development plan

Serica Energy plans to develop the Columbus gas-condensate field in the UK Central North Sea using a subsea tie-back to the BP-operated Eastern Trough Area Project.

Uchenna Izundu
International Editor

LONDON, Oct. 14 -- Serica Energy PLC plans to develop the Columbus gas-condensate field in the UK Central North Sea using a subsea tie-back to the BP PLC-operated Eastern Trough Area Project (ETAP).

Serica Energy, which operates the field on Block 23/16f, has submitted its development plan to the government. Gas would be exported by pipeline into the Central Area Transmission System to the processing terminal at Teesside on England's northeastern coast.

"Columbus condensate would be exported via the existing ETAP oil export pipeline which ties into the Forties pipeline system and to the Kinneil oil export terminal near Grangemouth, on the Firth of Forth about 20 miles west of Edinburgh," Serica Energy said.

The gas and condensate transportation arrangements are subject to commercial negotiations, and the development plan is subject to UK government approval.

In December 2006 Serica tested the discovery at 17.5 MMcfd of gas and 1,060 b/d of condensate.

Serica Chief Executive Paul Ellis said the company would pursue an aggressive drilling program over the next 9 months on other prospects in which it owns at least 50%, including the Chablis well in the Southern North Sea at the end of October and the Bandon prospect in Ireland and the Conan prospect in the East Irish Sea early next year.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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