ConocoPhillips wins sanction for Jasmine

ConocoPhillips has approval from the UK government to develop the Jasmine gas/condensate discovery in the central North Sea.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN -- ConocoPhillips has approval from the UK government to develop the Jasmine gas/condensate discovery in the central North Sea. First production is expected during 4Q 2012 and at peak should deliver over 88,000 boe/d.

The company drilled the Jasmine exploration well 30/6-6 in June 2006 in a water depth of 265 ft (81 m), confirming the presence of hydrocarbons. An immediate side track, drilled to around 16,000 ft (4,800 m) TVD subsea, further delineated the discovery, which is thought to be one of the biggest in UK waters over the past few years, with recoverable resources estimated at over 100 MMboe.

Jasmine is a high pressure, high temperature (HP/HT) reservoir, in blocks 30/06 and 30/07a, around 5 mi (9 km) west of the ConocoPhillips-operated Judy platform. It comprises a gross rich gas condensate hydrocarbon column 2,300 ft (701 m) in depth in the Triassic Joanne sandstone.

The Phase 1 development will be based around a 24-slot wellhead platform with bridge-linked accommodation. The wellhead platform will be connected to the Judy platform to the east via a new multi-phase pipeline, and a new riser platform will be added at Judy that will connect to the existing platform via a bridge. Two further development phases could follow.

Jasmine is part of the J-Block license awarded to ConocoPhillips in 1964. It is the fourth field to be developed in the license, after Judy/Joanne, which began producing oil and gas in 1997, followed later on by Jade. The fields are in quadrant 30, roughly 149 mi (240 km) southeast of Aberdeen.

Gas processed on the Judy platform is transported through the UK North Sea’s Central Area Transmission System (CATS) pipeline, while liquids are transported to Teesside, northeast England via the Norpipe system

Paul Warwick, ConocoPhillips president, UK and Africa, said: “Developing Jasmine to tie in effectively to J-Block’s existing infrastructure demonstrates that companies on the UK continental shelf still have opportunities to maximize production of their reserves and can continue to add value directly or indirectly to the UK supply chain. The development is another step towards our strategy of prolonged and efficient production from the North Sea.”

ConocoPhillips operates Jasmine with a 36.5% interest, in partnership with Eni (33%) and BG Group (30.5%).

10/15/2010

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