Liverpool Bay Development Produces First Gas

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BHP Petroleum advises that on 20 December 1995 the first gas was produced from the Hamilton North field, part of the Liverpool Bay Development operated by BHP Petroleum Limited.

The initial output is being used to commission systems and pipelines offshore and onshore, and subsequently PowerGen's new power station at Connah's Quay before full contract deliveries begin mid 1996.

Four fields, Douglas (oil), Hamilton and Hamilton North (both gas) and Lennox (oil and gas), are being developed in a 1.1 billion GBP integrated project which includes a new gas processing terminal at Point of Ayr in North Wales.

Oil from Douglas and Lennox is expected to flow in the next few weeks, marking the start-up of first oil production off Britain's west coast.

Gas production from the Hamilton field is scheduled for early 1996 and from the Lennox field in several years time. Recoverable gas reserves from the development are estimated at 1.2 trillion cubic feet of gas. Peak gas capacity of the offshore development and Point of Ayr terminal is currently 300 million cubic feet a day.

Howard Paver, BHP Petroleum's President and Group General Manager, Europe, Russia, Africa, Middle East Region, said: "The Liverpool Bay development has been very much a team effort. Our partners, contractors, suppliers, local and national authorities, together with our own staff, have worked to ensure a successful project is completed within budget.

"Throughout, the highest priority has been given to the safety of operations and the protection of the environment, and this will continue to be the emphasis as we progesss the production phase."

The partners in the Liverpool Bay Development are BHP Petroleum Great Britain PLC (46.1%): LASMO North Sea PLC (25%): Monument (Liverpool Bay) Petroleum Limited (20%) and PowerGen North Sea Limited (8.9%).

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