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Total celebrates first production from giant North Sea field

11/06/2019
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French supermajor Total has started up production from the giant Culzean gas condensate field in the North Sea. The field located 230 kilometres off the coast of Aberdeen will account for around 5% of the UK’s gas consumption, with a plateau production of 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d).
Total celebrates first production from giant North Sea field
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Discovered by Maersk Oil in 2008, the Culzean field contains resources estimated between 250 and 300 million barrels of oil equivalent. The project includes the drilling of six wells, the construction of three bridge-linked platforms and of a Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) unit. Gas from Culzean is exported via the CATS pipeline and the UK National Grid whilst condensate is sorted in the FSO for offloading by shuttle tanker.

Commenting on the start-up of production, Total’s President of Exploration & Production, Arnaud Breuillac, said:

“The Culzean project is delivered ahead of schedule and more than 10% below the initial budget, which represents capex savings of more than 500 million dollars. This has been achieved thanks to the excellent performance of the project teams in charge of the construction and drilling operations. Culzean is a good example of our efforts to upgrade our portfolio in the North Sea over the last years, notably by bringing Total and Maersk Oil together. The Culzean field is located in the Central Graben area, close to the Elgin-Franklin fields, also operated by Total, thus generating synergies.”
Total's production hubs in the British North Sea
(Image via Total).

The project will make use of new digital technologies such as smart rooms, which will deliver higher efficiencies during operations and create a safer working environment.

Total is currently one of the UK’s leading oil and gas operators, with equity production of 179,000 boe/d in 2018 and employing over 2000 people.

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I was Lead Document Controller on this project for 3 years, 6 months in Aberdeen, then the remainder in Singapore.
Steven, 12 June 2019
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