Pipeline issues stall production from Huntington in North Sea

Offshore staff

STAVANGER, Norway – Production from the Huntington field in the UK central North Sea has had to be shut in temporarily, according to partner Noreco.

This is due to continuing gas export restrictions imposed by the operator of the UK’s Central Area Transmission System (CATS) offshore pipeline. As a result, Huntington production will likely remain suspended until early December.

Operator E.ON Ruhrgas is working on various actions to improve future output from the field. One could be gas injection, with a possible test period at the end of November.

If successful, this could open the way to higher oil production during future CATS restriction periods, Noreco says. Longer-term mitigation will probably call for intervention in one or more of the field’s water injection wells, and this could be implemented in mid-to-late 2015.

In the Danish North Sea, Noreco is also a partner in the Lulita field development, where output has been impacted due to water treatment issues at the DUC-operated Harald platform, which processes Lulita’s production.


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