DEPLETED FIELDS UNDER SCORE MATURITY OF NORTH SEA PRODUCING PROVINCE

Several field abandonments this year have accented the North Sea's advancing age as an oil and gas producing region. Operations off Northwest Europe passed a milestone with abandonment of Argyll field, the first oil field placed on stream in the North Sea. Operated by Hamilton Oil Co. Ltd., London, Argyll in Block 30/24 was abandoned last January. It went on production in 1975, using the world's first floating production system (OGJ, Feb. 1, p. 23).

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