Norwegian Energy Company (Noreco) said that a temporary approval has been granted to restart production at the Huntington oil field, located in Block 22/14b of the UK central North Sea area.

The field, which is now on-stream, will resume production at a reduced rate.

"Huntington oil field is covered by production licence P1114 and is situated approximately 205km east of Aberdeen."

Noreco estimates that daily production from Huntington will not exceed 1,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) to the company until normal access to the Cats system is restored.

The CATS operator has not given any firm date for resuming normal operation of the CATS Systems, but suggestions are that it may be delayed until the end of January 2015, or longer.

Noreco expects that the reduced production in the starting of 2015 will be partly compensated by flush production when the field is back to normal.

Huntington oil field is covered by production licence P1114 and is situated approximately 205km east of Aberdeen, at a water depth of around 91m.

Huntington, which produced its first oil in April 2013, is operated by EON E&P UK with a 25% working interest.

Premier Oil, Noreco and Iona Energy Canada are non-operating partners with working interests of 40%, 20% and 15%, respectively.

The Huntington field was discovered by Oilexco (acquired by Premier Oil in 2009) in June 2007 via discovery well 22/14b-5.

The discovery well was drilled to a total depth of 4,061m in the Triassic Skagerrak formation in the central North Sea. It encountered oil in two separate zones through a single bore.