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.

Offshore staff

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.,

11/30/2010

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