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The Kraken awakes

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The oil producer EnQuest has announced that their £4bn Kraken field has started producing oil for the first time.

The field is the North Sea’s largest new oil project in a decade and could produce as much as 50,000 barrels of oil a day at its peak.
Kraken field in the North Sea has produced first oil according to reports from EnQuest
The news has been welcomed as a positive development for the North Sea basin which continues to face significant challenges in light of the ongoing downturn in oil prices. 

Chief Executive of the Oil & Gas Authority, Dr Andy Samuel, commented on the news:

“As one of the most significant oil field projects in the UK Continental Shelf, successful production from Kraken is positive news for the whole basin. It has the potential to open up additional heavy oil opportunities in the Northern North Sea, with other developments in the pipeline. It’s particularly pleased to see a project delivered under budget, having clearly benefitted from a strong partnership between operator and key service providers.”
Enquest expect their Kraken field to produce up to 50,000 barrels of oil a day
At present two out of the three drilling centres are producing oil, however Amjad Bseisu, CEO of EnQuest, expects more Kraken wells to come on stream next year thus securing further production growth into 2018.

That the North Sea continues to deliver adds credence to the theory that the North Sea still has a long future ahead of it, albeit within a new production paradigm.

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