BG Brings North Sea Seymour Field Into Production

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18 MARCH 2003

BG Group plc has announced today that well 22/5b-A12z in the Seymour field in the North Sea, 156 miles north east of Aberdeen, was brought into production on March 15, 2003. During earlier tests the gas condensate well flowed at a maximum rate of 44 million cubic feet per day on a 60/64th inch choke.

The well – drilled from the Armada platform and spudded on September 26, 2002 - is operated by BG Group, with 57% equity, on behalf of partners TotalFinaElf (25%) and Centrica Resources Limited – a wholly owned subsidiary of Centrica plc - (18%).

As well as developing new reserves from the South West Seymour area of the Seymour field, the A-12z well will extend the period over which the Armada platform processing capacity remains fully utilised. Gas and condensate from the well will be processed on the Armada platform before being shipped to market through the CATS gas pipeline and the Everest and Forties liquids pipelines.

BG Group, Executive Vice President for the UK, Jon Wormley said today:
“We are delighted with the achievements at Seymour. The A12z well was drilled, completed and brought into production in only five months – ahead of schedule and under budget. This challenging schedule was met thanks to innovative commercial arrangements with the Armada partners and close co-operation with the CATS, Forties and Everest system owners.”

The A12z well is an advanced 3D directional platform well, with a maximum deviation of 60 degrees. It was drilled by the jack-up rig Galaxy III, positioned alongside the BG-operated Armada platform, to a total depth of 12,780 feet.

Notes to Editors

  • The Armada fields complex comprises three gas condensate fields in quadrants 22 and 16 of the Central North Sea. First gas from the complex was produced in October 1997. Gas from Armada is transported ashore via the Central Area Transmission System (CATS) to the onshore terminal in Teesside. Condensate is transported to the BP-operated Grangemouth refinery via the Everest and Forties pipeline systems.
  • The Armada fields complex is operated by BG (46.77%) on behalf of BP (18.20%), TotalFinaElf (12.53%), ConocoPhillips (11.45%) and Centrica (11.05%).
  • The CATS owners are BG (51.18%), BP (Operator and 29.53%), Amerada Hess (17.72%), TotalFinaElf (0.57%), ConocoPhillips (0.66%) and Agip (0.34%).
  • The Everest owners are BG (57.79%), BP (Operator and 21.14%), Amerada Hess (18.67%), TotalFinaElf (0.87%), ConocoPhillips (1.01%) and Agip (0.52%).
  • BP is 100% owner of the Forties system.

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