LONDON – GDF Suez E&P UK has won government sanction for its Juliet subsea gas development in the southern North Sea.
First gas from the field in block 47/14b is scheduled for 4Q 2013 with peak production of 80 MMcf/d (2.3 MMcm/d), equivalent to 1% of Britain’s total demand in 2011.
Two horizontal subsea wells will be tied back to Perenco’s Pickerill A platform via a 22-km (13.7-mi), 12-in. (30.5-cm) export pipeline and control umbilical. Drilling should start by 2Q 2013 with topsides and subsea construction taking place through the remainder of next year.
The subsea contract, to be issued this summer, will involve installation of the control umbilical and export pipeline. The program also includes installation of a manifold, riser, and J-tube on Pickerill A.
Existing infrastructure will transport Juliet’s gas from Pickerill A to the ConocoPhillips UK-operated Theddlethorpe terminal on the English east coast.
GDF Suez E&P UK has a 51.56% interest in the project. Partners are First Oil Expro (29.44%) and Hansa Hydrocarbons (19%).