Offshore

Canada’s Sterling Resources has started production at the rate of 97 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscf/d) from wells A01, A03 and A04, located at the Breagh gas field in the UK’s southern North Sea.

The company also started full production from wells A02 and A05, with gross production from the wells expected to be about 135 MMscf/d by November 2013.

Sterling had secured licences at Breagh in 2004, during the 22nd Seaward licensing round, as the operator on a 100% basis.

The company started drilling wells in 2007 and 2008, while in 2009, RWE Dea UK has acquired its current 70% interest in the Breagh gas field, and became the operator.

The Breagh field is situated in 42/12a and 42/13a UKCS blocks, which is about 100km east of Teesside.

"Sterling had secured licences at Breagh in 2004, during the 22nd Seaward licensing round, as the operator on a 100% basis."

Gas from the blocks is transported through a 20in pipeline from the Breagh Alpha platform to Coatham Sands, located in Redcar on the UK’s mainland.

From Redcar, the gas will be transported to the Teesside Gas processing plant (TGPP) for processing, situated at Sea Sands.

The gas, after processing at the TGPP, will reach the UK National Transmission System.

Sterling Resources chief operating officer John Rapach said Breagh field is one of the largest natural gas discoveries in the UK southern North Sea and is the first large scale production for Sterling.

"We look forward to bringing further gas through this major new infrastructure in the southern North Sea with our own equity gas in Breagh Phase 2 and Crosgan, and from other potential developments surrounding the Breagh field area," Rapach added.

Sterling holds oil and gas assets in the UK, Romania, France and Netherlands.


Image: Breagh gas field in the UK southern North Sea area. Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net.

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