Tartan Platform Problems Keep Duart Field Shut (UK)

The Duart field was shut in on 26 July due to a process shutdown on the host Tartan platform and has remained shut in to date.

During the shut in period additional technical issues have come to light which prevent the restart of gas processing on the Tartan platform. The gas process is required to support Duart production. Duart is expected to remain shut in until these problems are resolved.

“None of the problems are related to the Duart well or to the Duart field facilities. Bridge holds a 50% working interest in the Duart field. Bridge will not be exposed to operating costs whilst Duart production is shut-in,” said Bridge Energy  in a statement.

Talisman, the operator of the host platform has indicated the earliest restart date is December 2012.

“There is potential for the outage to extend further into 2013 depending on the outcome of ongoing inspection and remedial work,” Bridge Energy said.

The Duart field, situated in block 14/20 on the UK continental shelf, is a high quality Cretaceous interval oil reservoir contained in a simple high relief tilted fault block structure. The field was developed in 2007 with a single subsea development well near the crest of the structure, which is supported by a strong natural aquifer drive. The well is tied back to the nearby Talisman operated Tartan platform. Product from Duart is processed on Tartan and co-mingled with other Tartan area production before being piped to the Flotta oil storage terminal.

Offshore Energy Today Staff, August 17, 2012