UK-based oil and gas company Dana Petroleum has brought on stream first gas production from its Van Nes field offshore of the Netherlands.

The field is located in block P11b, within the Medway development area, and is expected to produce around 4,000 boepd, with 2,000 boepd net to Dana in 2012.

Reidar Hustoft, Dana managing director, said: "We are delighted to have brought Van Nes into production, which completes the Medway subsea development project and months of hard work from the teams involved.

"In January 2012, we successfully completed phase one of the Medway project by starting up the Van Ghent tri-lateral oil well."

Located in the Dutch continental shelf about 60km north-west of The Hague, the subsea well will produce gas through the Dana-operated De Ruyter platform.

Dana petroleum, as operator, holds a 50% interest in the field, while its joint venture partner EBN holds the remaining interest.