Southern North Sea gas field comes on stream

Wintershall Noordzee, a joint venture of Wintershall Dea and Gazprom, has started gas production from its operated Sillimanite field located in the Southern North Sea.

Discovered in June 2015, the unitized gas field stretches across the UK and the Dutch Continental Shelves and is located approximately 200 kilometers off the coast of Den Helder.

Hugo Dijkgraaf, Chief Technology Officer and Board Member at Wintershall Dea, said: “With first gas from Sillimanite we once more underline our ability to successfully explore for hydrocarbons and transfer development projects successfully into production. As Sillimanite will increase the amount of gas produced in Europe, it underlines Wintershall Dea’s capabilities as Europe’s leading, independent gas and oil producer.”

Wintershall Noordzee said on Thursday it had for the second time recycled the topside of its recently decommissioned E18-A platform, formerly P14-A topside, in the Sillimanite project.

“Giving this platform topside a third life, now at Sillimanite is a best-case example for our industry,” said Dijkgraaf.

“In addition, Sillimanite will be monitored 24/7 from the Remote-Control Operations Center in Den Helder. This enables us to make our operations even leaner and more cost efficient. The project was delivered safely, within just 16 months from the investment decision,” concluded Dijkgraaf.

Upcoming projects

Besides Sillimanite, Wintershall Noordzee plans to further invest in activities in the Southern North Sea.

“We have a diverse project pipeline in the Southern North Sea ahead of us! With the Dutch Rembrandt/Vermeer oil developments we plan another exciting project. We are currently in the Define Phase and we plan for the final investment decision late 2020. Additionally, we are also evaluating the development potential of the Greater Ravn Area in Denmark,” said Dijkgraaf.

The development concept for Rembrandt/Vermeer will be a proven Southern North Sea type shallow water installation.

On Vermeer, an integrated wellhead, process, utility and living quarters platform on top of a subsea storage tank as well as an offloading installation for oil export with shuttle tankers will be built.

On Rembrandt, a normally unmanned wellhead platform with minimal facilities is planned.

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