First Gas From Gawain Field

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02 October 1995

The Gawain gas field, operated by ARCO British Limited, on behalf of itself and Superior Oil (UK) Limited, a subsidiary of Mobil Corporation, produced its first gas on Friday 29 September, on schedule, and just 18 months after development approval.

Located in blocks 49/24 and 49/29a , 55 miles East of Bacton, Gawain has estimated gross reserves in the range of 130 — 190 billion cubic feet of gas. During the initial period, gas from the field will be produced at an average rate of 75 million cubic feet of gas per day with a peak rate of 112 million cubic feet per day. Field life is expected to be approximately 10 years.

The totally subsea Gawain development has been successfully brought on stream by a joint team created by equal partners ARCO and Superior. The field is being developed along similar lines to the nearby ARCO operated Orwell field, utilising a three well subsea template tied back to the ARCO operated Thames platform, nine miles to the South West, by a 12 inch export pipeline and control umbilical. The field is remotely controlled from ARCO's onshore operations base in Great Yarmouth.

Gas from the field is transported to the Thames complex and then on to the Bacton terminal in Norfolk. ARCO's share of Gawain gas has been sold to Kinetica, whilst Superior has sold its share to Mobil's marketing arm, Mobil Gas Marketing (UK) Limited.

According to ARCO's Operations Director, Keith Weiser, "The use of a joint development team to successfully develop the Gawain field, with first gas in just 18 months, is a good example of how companies within the oil industry can work closely together in keeping with the CRINE initiative, to bring small gas fields on stream rapidly and commercially."


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