Total has commenced production from the Culzean gas condensate field located offshore the coast of Aberdeen in the UK.

The field, situated in Block 22/25a of the UK Continental Shelf at water depth of 90m, is expected to support around 5% of UK’s gas requirements. It is expected to deliver around 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day to the UK through a CATS pipeline and the UK National Grid.

Total Exploration and Production president Arnaud Breuillac said: “The Culzean project is delivered ahead of schedule and more than 10% below the initial budget, which represents Capex savings of more than $500m.

“This has been achieved thanks to the excellent performance of the project teams in charge of the construction and drilling operations.”

The Culzean field was discovered in 2008 by Maersk Oil. The project is estimated to host around 250 to 300 million barrels of oil equivalent. Total operates the field with a 49.99% participating interest. The other stakeholders in the project are BP (32%) and JX Nippon (18.01%). With the Culzean field becoming online, Total is said to account for nearly 18% of the UK’s total gas demand.

The Culzean project includes six wells, three bridge-linked platforms and a Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) unit. The FSO stores the condensate for offloading by shuttle tanker.

Breuillac added: “Culzean is a good example of our efforts to upgrade our portfolio in the North Sea over the last years, notably by bringing Total and Maersk Oil together.

“The Culzean field is located in the Central Graben area, close to the Elgin-Franklin fields, also operated by Total, thus generating synergies.”