RWE Dea UK has commenced development drilling at the Breagh field, which is one of the largest natural gas discoveries under development in the UK Southern North Sea. First gas from Breagh is expected in the second half of 2012.
The Ensco 70 (250' ILC) rig has been deployed to start the Breagh development drilling program. Previously drilled wells 42/13-3 and 42/13-5Z, suspended for future use as early development wells, will be re-entered and sidetracked to re-drill the reservoir interval. Including the recompletion of these two wells, up to eight development wells are expected to be drilled, completed and put on production over the next two years.
"After extensive and detailed preparation work over recent months, we are delighted to reach the next stage in this project as the field's expected reserves will make a significant contribution to the growth of RWE Dea's gas production," said René Pawel, RWE Dea UK's Managing Director. "Our team is looking forward to a successful drilling campaign," he added.
Breagh is the biggest field development project under the operatorship of RWE Dea in the United Kingdom. RWE Dea holds 70 percent interest in the Breagh gas field as operator (Sterling Resources UK 30 percent). The Breagh field is one of the largest natural gas discoveries under development in the UK Southern North Sea and is a conventional carboniferous reservoir. Further upside potential is expected in the surrounding exploration blocks.
The Breagh field is located in UKCS blocks 42/12a and 42/13a of the Southern North Sea in 203 feet (62 meters) water depth, approximately 62 miles (100 kilometers) east of Teesside. The gas will be exported via a 20 inch pipeline from the Breagh Alpha platform to Coatham Sands, Redcar on the UK mainland, and a 6-mile (10-kilometer) onshore pipeline for processing at the Teesside Gas Processing Plant (TGPP) at Seal Sands. After processing at the TGPP, the gas will enter the UK National Transmission System.
The potential maximum capacity of the Breagh pipeline and onshore plant is 400 million cubic feet per day, providing the flexibility to transport gas from potential satellite fields owned by the Breagh partners and on behalf of third parties in adjacent fields.
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