BritSats begins pumping

ConocoPhillips in the UK has started pumping production from its BritSats development which taps the Brodgar and Callanish fields.

Four wells are being used to tap oil from Callanish and two on Brodgar which is producing gas condensate.

Both fields have been brought online via a subsea manifold which is tied back to a new bridge-linked platform hooked up to the main Britannia installation in the UK Central North Sea. The two fields are controlled remotely.

Together Brodgar, 41 km (25.6 miles) southwest of Britannia in block 21/3a and Callanish in blocks 15/29b and 21/4a, 25 km (15.6 miles) to the southwest, are expected to ramp up to 65,000 boe/d of production.

Further extensions to the Britannia Satellites programme could include development of the Enochdu and Finlaggan discoveries. Finlaggan was first identified at the end of 2004 and an exploration well on Enochdu was drilled in 2005.