The Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has submitted the North Sea’s Blythe Field Development Plan (FDP) to the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).
Located in the Southern North Sea close to existing infrastructure and other licences, the Blythe gasfield is 100% owned and operated by IOG.
The field contains 2P reserves of 34.3 billion cubic feet (Bcf) and needs no further appraisal.
First gas from Blythe is expected in the second half of 2018.
IOG CEO Mark Routh said: “Blythe is at the heart of our first gas hub and is therefore of great strategic value to us.
“We continue to work hard to maximise the gas that can be commercially developed from our core Southern North Sea area, including the Blythe and Vulcan Satellites hubs.”
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IOG stated that the company submitted the draft FDP as it gears up its capabilities for field development.
The company expects the planned gas hub around Blythe to include the nearby Elgood discovery as a tie-back to the same infrastructure.
IOG is holding talks to secure the main export route for all of its SNS fields, including the wholly owned and operated Vulcan Satellite fields.
The Blythe hub licences consist of Blythe, Elgood, Hambleton, Truman and Harvey.
The gas discovery in the Rotliegendes Leman formation straddles Blocks 48/22b and 48/23a in the Southern North Sea in licence P1736. Leman needs no further appraisal and has independently verified 2P reserves of 34.3Bcf.