Apache begins decommissioning of Lengendre oil field offshore Australia

Source: Apache

Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA) has started the planned decommissioning operations after cessation of production from the Legendre oil field in Production License WA-20-L, 90 miles (150km) off the northwest coast of Western Australia.

The main Legendre structure was discovered in 1997 and production began in May 2001. Gross production peaked at a rate of 45,000 barrels of oil per day, and production from the field over its 10-year life totaled 48.2 million barrels.

Subject to all necessary approvals, decommissioning will include removal of the Ocean Legend mobile offshore production unit, Karratha Spirit floating storage and offloading tanker, and recovery of all remaining subsea equipment.

Apache is operator of the field, and owns a 77.4-percent interest in the project, following the purchase of Woodside's majority 45-percent share in 2007. Santos holds the remaining 22.6 percent.

Apache also reported that operations have resumed at the Stag field offshore Western Australia after the passage of a tropical low pressure system.

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