LOTOS starts up B8 oil field offshore Poland

Offshore staff

GDÁNSK, Poland – LOTOS Petrobaltic has produced first oil from its B8 field in the Polish sector of the Baltic Sea.

Initial production is via the LOTOS Petrobaltic drilling rig which has been adapted for production operations.

Paweł Olechnowicz, Grupa LOTOS CEO, said the company aimed to produce up to 5,000 b/d at peak. “This is another major step by LOTOS towards strengthening Poland’s energy security and diversifying the sources of crude oil supply for the Gdańsk refinery.”

Once the field reaches plateau output, the B8 production center will be Poland’s third-largest oil production facility. The exploration and production license for the B8 field runs through 2031.

The drilling rig underwent an overhaul earlier this year at the Nauta shipyard in Gdynia, in order to renew its classification certificate, supplied by ABS. The work scope included repair and strengthening of the spud can, repair, replacement and painting of plating and ballast tanks, and maintenance, cleaning and replacement of the travel system.

It was then towed 146 km (90.7 mi) to the offshore Gaz Południe license site to drill the B21-3 appraisal well on a gas/condensate accumulation, followed by the B8-Z6 water injection well, the last on the B8 field.

LOTOS Petrobaltic has more than 40 years of experience in crude oil and natural gas exploration and production in the Baltic Sea, and currently has five licenses for exploration and appraisal of mineral deposits and two exploration licenses, covering a total area of more than 7,300 sq km (2,818 sq mi).

In addition, it holds a license for the production of crude oil and associated natural gas from the B3 field and interests in two licenses for the production of natural gas from the B4 and B6 fields, covering nearly 148 sq km (57 sq mi) in total.


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