TotalFinaElf announces first production from Elgin/Franklin in UK North Sea

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April 2, 2001

TotalFinaElf, the operator of the Elgin/Franklin fields through EFOG (46.2% interest)*, announces the start-up of production from the Elgin Field, located 240 kilometers east of Aberdeen in the Central Graben Area of the UK North Sea. First production comes four years after the official launching of the Elgin and Franklin gas condensate field development.

The initial daily production rate of 13,500 barrels of condensate and 42 million cubic feet of gas is expected to rapidly increase to reach a plateau rate of 220,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (140,000 barrels of condensate and 460 million cubic feet of gas) following the start-up of production on the adjacent Franklin field this summer. This represents roughly 5.5% of the UK’s condensate production and 4.5% of its gas production.

Overall investment for the Elgin/Franklin project amounts to approximately £1.65 billion, the most significant development on the UK continental shelf in recent years.
Both fields have their own wellhead platform with production from the fields being processed through one central facility –- a production/utilities/quarters (PUQ) platform located on the Elgin field which was installed in the summer of 2000.

Liquid condensate from the fields is transported to shore via the existing Forties Pipeline System and on to Kinneil for processing. Commercial quality gas for the UK and Continental deliveries is sent via the new SEAL (Shearwater Elgin Area Line) pipeline to the terminal at Bacton.

The project carried out by TotalFinaElf represents a technological performance without precedent in the oil and gas industry. The Elgin/Franklin project constitutes the largest high-pressure/high-temperature development in the world (particularly high pressures of 1,100 bars and temperatures of 200° centigrade) and the deepest reservoirs ever put into production in the North Sea (approximately 5,500 meters).


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