Serica Energy, an oil and gas company focused on the UK North Sea, has announced that the first production has been achieved from its Columbus offshore field.

The Columbus field area is located 35km northeast of Shell’s Shearwater production platform, and is linked to the pipeline linking Shell’s Arran field and the Shearwater platform.

When the production reaches the Shearwater platform, the gas and liquids will be separated, and the gas exported via the SEGAL line to St Fergus and the liquids through the Forties Pipeline System to Cruden Bay. Arran started production in September.

As for the startup of the Columbus field, Serica said Thursday: “Hydrocarbons from the C1z development well started flowing into the Arran subsea system on 24 November. The comingled Arran and Columbus production streams are now being exported to the Shearwater platform for processing and onward export to the gas and liquid sales points. Columbus is expected to be producing at its potential by early December.”

Mitch Flegg, Chief Executive of Serica Energy, said: “I am delighted that first production has been achieved, as planned, during Q4 2021.

“This marks a significant milestone for Serica as it reaches the successful conclusion of its first development project. The Company was involved in the original discovery of Columbus and has acted as Operator through the appraisal and development phases and now into operations. I look forward to updating the market in mid-December by which time we expect to have ramped up production to a stable level.

Serica’s approach to increasing its production base and providing much-needed energy to the UK while seeking lower carbon emission solutions, has been achieved by using shared existing infrastructure to progress the development of Columbus.

This has been a complex project and I would once again like to acknowledge the skill, hard-work and dedication of our project team, the Shearwater and Arran Operators and our joint venture partners Waldorf Production UK Ltd. and Tailwind Energy Ltd.”

To remind, Serica had in October said that the production start-up from Columbus would be delayed due to the Shearwater platform operating at restricted capacity.

As a result of that delay, Serica said at the time that its full-year net production would be slightly lower than the previously expected 23,000 to 25,000 boe/d.

Credit: Serica Energy

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