E.On Ruhrgas starts natural gas production at Babbage field offshore UK

By Phaedra Friend Troy

E.On Ruhrgas has commenced production at the Babbage gas field offshore the UK in the Southern North Sea.

Requiring a total investment of US $458 million, the Babbage field is being developed in two phases, which were approved by the UK government in 2009.

The first phase of development involved the installation of the Babbage natural gas processing platform, the drilling of three production wells, and the installation of 28 kilometers of subsea pipeline to connect the development to existing infrastructure.

Planned for 2011, the second phase of development at Babbage involves drilling two more wells on the field.

After the completion of both development phases, the Babbage field is expected to produce 2 million cubic meters of natural gas a day, which will be exported via pipeline to UK markets. With an estimated field production life of 20 years, the Babbage field is expected to produce more than 5 billion cubic meters of natural gas.

Located about 80 kilometers off the coast of the UK in 42 meters of water on Block 48/2a, the Babbage natural gas field is operated by E.On Ruhrgas, which holds 47 percent interest. Project partners include Centrica Resources with 13 percent and Dana Petroleum with 40 percent.

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