In the last three months GDF Suez has started up the production of three operated oil and gas fields in the UK and Dutch North Sea – the Orca, Amstel and Juliet fields.
The Orca gas field, which straddles the UK and Dutch sectors of the North Sea, is a cross-border gas development between the two countries.
First gas was successfully produced in December last year from the first of three wells to be drilled from the new D18a-A production platform, located 500 meters from the UK sector in the Dutch waters. At plateau in 2014, the platform will produce approximately 7,000 boe/d.
Juliet field first gas was produced in January through a subsea development on the western flank of the Southern Gas Basin.
Initial gas was produced from the West Well, the first of two wells to be drilled. The second well (Juliet East) came on-stream on 9 March, 2014. Juliet is now producing at plateau approximately 14,000 boe/d.
Amstel field oil production began in February, 2014, from the newly installed Q13a-A production platform off the Dutch coast. The Amstel field is expected to produce at plateau 15,000 b/d of oil, with an expected field production life of 10 years.
In Norway, after the successful installation of the Statoil operated Gudrun platform during summer 2013, production started on 7 April 2014. GDF SUEZ holds a 25% working interest in the licence. At plateau, production will be 90,000 boe /d. Production should last at least for 11 years.
Later this year, GDF SUEZ is also expecting first gas from the Sierra HP-HT (High Pressure-High Temperature) gas field in the Dutch North Sea. The discovery was announced in July 2011, less than three years ago.