LONDON -- The Kittiwake platform returned to full operations on Nov. 20, according to Venture Production. The platform had been running on a restricted basis while repairs were carried out on part of the oil processing system. The part was isolated following the sighting of an oil sheen on Nov. 6.
The source of the oil sheen was traced to a fault in one of the platform's oil cooler systems. This piece of equipment was safely bypassed and a remedial plan was put in place. The faulty equipment was repaired during the course of last week, the company reports.
Venture now estimates its annual average production rate will be between 43,500 boe/d and 45,000 boe/d.