Production started from Mallard subsea development

Jun 09, 1998 02:00 AM

Apr. 9, 1998 Production has started from the Mallard Field in the UK sector of the Central North Sea.
Mallard, which cost about $ 170 mm to develop, is anticipated to reach peak production of 16,000 bpd of oil and 11 mm cubic feet per day of gas. The field is currently estimated to hold recoverable reserves of about 25 mm barrels of oil and 17 billion cubic feet of gas.

Mallard, which is located 110 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland, is being developed using 2 sub-sea wells connected to the existing Kittiwake platform by a 9-mile pipeline system. The Mallard field was discovered in 1990 but was initially not considered to be commercial to develop. Major advances in drilling and sub-sea equipment technology, and a stable fiscal regime, have facilitated development of marginal fields like Mallard and prolonged the life of the existing Kittiwake infrastructure.
Oil and gas from Mallard will be processed in a new module which has been installed on the Kittiwake platform and will share the platform's existing production facilities. Oil production is shipped from Kittiwake via tanker and gas is transported by pipeline to St. Fergus.
Companies with interests in Mallard are: Shell UK Ltd. (38 %), the field operator, Esso Exploration and Production UK (38 %) and Total Oil Marine plc. (24 %).
Other fields brought on stream by Esso UK in the Central North Sea since the middle of last year are Kingfisher, Gannet E, Gannet F and Curlew. These developments are part of a program aimed at increasing Esso UK's production. These fields, including Mallard, are expected to add 50 KBD to Esso UK's production over the next three years.

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