Centrica to boost gas production from Morecambe Bay

Centrica PLC reported a project to boost gas production from Morecambe Bay in northwest England (OGJ Online, Jan. 31, 2012).

The £16-million project involves installing new equipment on the North Morecambe platform, which will use the high pressure of the nearby Rhyl field to boost pressure and production from North Morecambe wells.

“We have been producing gas from Morecambe Bay for 3 decades, and we want to continue our operations in the region into the 2020s and beyond,” said Andy Bevington, Centrica’s director of UK operated assets.

The North Morecambe platform is normally unmanned. Project teams will be working from the Seajacks Kraken jack up barge. The company said teams can “walk to work” across a gangway connecting the barge to the platform, rather than relying on daily helicopter flights offshore.

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