Approval Received for Bure West, Deben Developments in UK North Sea

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01 December 1997

ARCO British Limited (ABL) confirmed today that it has received approval from the Department of Trade and Industry to develop a western extension of the existing Bure Field and the new Deben Field in the Southern Gas Basin.

Both developments are located in block 49/28 and are due on stream in October 1998.

Each will be developed via one subsea well tied back to the new Thames AR platform which will be bridge linked to ARCO's existing Thames complex. The 'AR' platform will provide metering and separation for gas from the two new developments prior to processing and export via the Thames platform's existing facilities.

Drilled 11 kilometers to the Northwest of the Thames complex last March, the well on the Western extension of the Bure field will increase recovery from this field by an estimated 31 billion cubic feet of gas.

ARCO's Operations Director David McManus commented, "We are delighted at the news. By taking advantage of our existing Southern Gas Basin infrastructure we have been able to kick off a very fast and economic plan for these two new developments, so adding significantly to our already busy hub of activity in this area."

Deben, located six kilometers to the Northwest of the Thames complex, was discovered in 1974 and has estimated recoverable reserves of 33 billion cubic feet of gas.

A contract for the construction of the Thames AR platform has been awarded to SLP Engineering under ARCO's recently announced five year framework agreement with the company. The platform will be based on an existing minimal facilities platform design called the Sea Harvester. Contracts have also been awarded to ABB Vetco gray for subsea trees, Kvaerner FSSL for subsea control systems, Seaway Heavy Lifting for platform installation, Venture and KYE for modifications to the Thames platform, Duco for control umbilical, Stoltt Comex Seaway for marine installation, Dalmene for pipeline supply and Kvaerner Paladon and Glapwell for production separators.

Upgraded compression facilities are being added to the Thames platform to provide the complex with additional transportation capacity. During the second quarter of 1998 one of Thames existing 5000 hp turbines will be replaced with a 10 000 hp turbine supplied by European Gas Turbines, increasing Thames' total compression capacity to 29,000 hp.

Bure West and Deben Partners:

  • ARCO British Limited (operator) 43.33%
  • Superior Oil (UK) Ltd 23.33%
  • AGIP (UK) Limited 23.33%
  • Deminex UK Oil and Gas Limited 10.00%

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