Pipeline outage constrains Broom exports

Output from the Broom field in the UK northern North Sea has been restricted lately because one of the two production export lines to the Heather platform is out of service, says operator Lundin Petroleum.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK -- Output from the Broom field in the UK northern North Sea has been restricted lately because one of the two production export lines to the Heather platform is out of service, says operator Lundin Petroleum.

An unplanned shutdown of the Ninian field export pipeline impacted supplies from Heather as well, although Heather’s production exceeded expectations due to improved gas compressor uptime. A replacement pipeline will be installed next year, and Lundin plans to lift production from Broom further by drilling an infill development well.

In the same region, Lundin has rectified damage to power generation facilities on the Thistle platform. This has improved water injection performance, in turn lifting production. Redevelopment of Thistle will continue in 2010, with the recently rebuilt platform drilling rig used for an extended program of drilling and workover projects. Thistle also will provide facilities services early next year onwards for the Petrofac-operated South West and West Don fields, both of which came onstream in the first half of 2009. The resultant tariff income should lower Thistle’s net operating costs.

11/13/2009

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