RWE Dea UK has received approval for its Clipper South gas field development plan from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Located on the UK Continental Shelf on blocks 48 / 19 and 48 / 20, the Clipper South gas field lies 100km east of the Lincolnshire coast.
The field holds 500 billion cubic feet of gas in place, in a tight, Permian-age Rotliegend reservoir.
RWE Dea UK plans to develop the field in the Southern North Sea, including drilling up to five extended horizontal wells and performing up to seven hydraulically induced fractures in each well.
First gas from Clipper South is due in the first half of 2012 and the field is expected to produce up to 100 million cubic feet per day.
Production will take place through a new wellhead platform and pipeline connected to the LOGGS offshore complex, which will be linked to the Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal in Lincolnshire.
All contracts for the new facilities, including platform engineering, procurement and construction, have been awarded.
Once the Clipper South platform is installed, development drilling is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2011.