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Norwegian Energy Co: Huntington field shut amid production problems

BY DOMINIC CHOPPING

OSLO -- Norwegian Energy Company said that production on the Huntington field will not restart until the operator can ensure that the Floating, Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel at the field is able to operate safely.

The operator on the Huntington field has informed its partners that production at the field will remain shut until issues related to the cargo tank venting system on board the platform has been resolved.

On August 08, 2013 the United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued a Prohibition Notice on the duty holder Teekay Petrojarl relating to cargo tank venting activities during low wind conditions on the Voyageur Spirit, which is the FPSO vessel for the Huntington Field in the United Kingdom North Sea.

E.ON E&P United Kingdom, the operator, stopped production completely before HSE had issued its Prohibition Notice.

E.ON E&P is evaluating a production restart dependent on suitable weather conditions, possibly at a reduced rate until the issue with the cargo tank venting system is fully solved.

Prior to the shutdown, Huntington was producing approximately 24,000 bopd. Commissioning of the gas compression system is expected to be completed by the end of next week. It is Noreco' s understanding that production could resume next week. A permanent solution is currently scheduled for completion in late August.

Svein Arild Killingland, MD of Noreco, says: "Noreco is now in the unfortunate situation that production from all fields in which we have an interest have been shut down."

The working interests in the Huntington field are E.ON E&P United Kingdom 25% operator, Premier Oil 40%, Noreco Oil United Kingdom 20%, and Iona Energy 15%.

Dow Jones Newswires

08/13/2013

 

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