Total launches Phase II at West Franklin
Total has approval from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change to launch Phase II development of the West Franklin field.
PARIS – Total has approval from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change to launch Phase II development of the West Franklin field. The field is in blocks 29/5b and 29/4d of the North Sea 240 km (149 mi) east of Aberdeen, UK.
Phase II aims to produce the 85 MMboe estimated reserves and entails drilling three wells and installing a new platform to tieback to existing Elgin/Franklin facilities. Cost is estimated at $1 billion, and upon startup in 2013 the facility targets 40,000 boe/d production.
This project “will contribute to maintaining our production level on the UK continental shelf and to expanding the life-span of the Elgin/Franklin hub,” says Patrice de Viviès, senior VP, Northern Europe, Total Exploration & Production.
Total is operator for Elgin Franklin Oil & Gas which has 46.2% interest in the field along with Eni UK Ltd., BG Group, E.ON Ruhrgas, Chevron, Esso Exploration & Production UK Ltd.,