READING, UK –Production from ConocoPhillips’ Jasmine gas/condensate field in the UK central North Sea is building more slowly than anticipated, according to partner BG Group.
The field cameonstream in November, but operations have been impacted since by two incidents. First, the cooling medium became contaminated and had to be changed. Problems then arose with commissioning of the flash gas compressor.
This has prevented all the available wells from being brought online, although the issues should be resolved within the next few weeks
BG CEO Chris Finlayson said: “There is no question that the UK overall asset availability has declined over the last few years and, although BG has actually been in the upper half of the overall availability, we have certainly seen decline there. And that has been largely driven for us by the need to upgrade integrity in our prime era, that's early 1990s platforms.”
This year, the company has commissioned a series of flotel campaigns which should improve performance at its UK facilities, he added.
Elsewhere in the central UK sector, BG is a partner inTotal’s Elgin/Franklin development. Although production was restored following a lengthy shutdown due to a gas leak, it proved to be a slow process due to the need to re-drill more of the wells, Finlayson said.