Talisman progresses on North Sea tiebacks

Talisman Energy has delivered first oil from its Burghley development in the UK central North Sea.

Offshore staff

CALGARY, Canada-- Talisman Energy has delivered first oil from its Burghley development in the UK central North Sea.

The field, tied back via a single subsea well to the Premier-operated Balmoral semisubmersible platform, came onstream at an initial rate of 15,000 b/d.

Elsewhere in the UK central sector, Talisman says its Auk North development is on schedule, with first oil targeted for early 2011. Here the recovery target is 25-30 MMbbl, according to analysts BritBoss.

The field is being developed with three subsea production wells tied into a manifold, with production exported 11 km (6.8 mi) to the Fulmar AD wellhead platform via an 8-in. reeled pipeline.

Talisman says that the Auk South project also is progressing, with construction under way on the living quarters, and first oil due in 2012.

In Norway, the Yme topsides have been completed and are in Stavanger, waiting for a clear weather window to complete tow-out and installation.

Once the topsides are on location, commissioning should take three months. The last of the pre start-up Yme wells was completed recently, with final well operations due to be finished over the rest of this year.

Earlier this year, Talisman agreed to acquire a 35% working interest in the PL 378 Grosbeak discovery and a 20% interest in the PL 375 Beta discovery. Drilling in the area is under way with a well at Beta, and further wells in the licenses should start drilling at the end of this year and through 2011.

11/02/2010

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