Q10-A field - Kistos

Kistos resumes gas production from Dutch North Sea project

UK-based gas producer Kistos has announced the resumption of gas production from the Q10-A offshore gas field in the Dutch North Sea.

Q10-A gas field; Source: Kistos

After a planned four-week maintenance shutdown announced on 1 September 2021, the TAQA-operated P15-D platform has resumed normal operations. This allowed Kistos to resume gas export from its operated Q10-A gas field, according to the company’s statement on Thursday. The firm has a 60 per cent working interest in the field.

The company acquired Tulip Oil Netherlands B.V. in May 2021 and took over its Q10-A gas field with a low carbon footprint along with its wind and solar-powered platform with an average of 0.013kg CO2e/Boe since first gas compared to a UK North Sea average of 22kg CO2e/Boe.

Andrew Austin, Kistos’ Interim CEO, commented: “I am pleased that TAQA has completed maintenance operations at P15-D on schedule and that we have been able to restart production from Q10-A on time. This and our on-going drilling programme, which includes work designed to enhance output from the Q10-A area, will allow us to realise enhanced returns from the prevailing gas prices during the remainder of 2021 and into 2022.”

In July 2021 Borr Drilling’s Prospector-1 jack-up drilling rig arrived at the Q10-A field and started the 2021 drilling campaign for Kistos, including an appraisal well of the Q11-B gas discovery, a flow test of the Vlieland light oil discovery, a sidetrack of the Q10-A-04 well and a re-perforation of a well on the Q10-A field to boost the output.

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Prospector-1 jack-up drilling rig was built in 2013 and will be under contract with Kistos until November, since it is scheduled to work for Neptune from December 2021.

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In related news, Borr Drilling announced on 2 September 2021 more work for its jack-up drilling rigs, increasing its contracted fleet to 15 rigs. As reported on Tuesday, the company also joined forces with Aquaterra Energy and Lhyfe to develop Project Haldane. This is a concept for offshore green hydrogen production using an electrolyser system on a converted jack-up rig in the North Sea.