Gas production has begun at Centrica Energy Upstream's York platform in the southern North Sea, the company announced Friday afternoon (UK time).
The field, which is 100-percent owned by Centrica, will produce around 120 million cubic feet of gas per day at its peak, the firm said.
Centrica highlighted that the York platform is the third significant greenfield project completed in as many years after Ensign, also located in the southern North Sea, and F3-FA, the first self-installing platform in the North Sea. The field also represents a successful collaboration between Centrica Energy and Centrica Storage, with gas from the field being exported via pipeline to Centrica Storage's terminal in Easington, in northeast England.
Drilling is now underway on York's second well which, at some 3.75 miles, is the longest well Centrica Energy has drilled and is one of the longest wells in the southern North Sea.
Greg McKenna, Centrica's regional director for the southern North Sea, commented in a company statement:
"The team is celebrating as first gas is achieved from York, which will produce enough gas to meet the demands of half a million households. We have taken this project from investment decision to production in just 24 months, which is testament to the hard work of the project teams in both Centrica Energy and Centrica Storage. We will continue to work closely in the coming weeks as we bring gas onshore to the upgraded Easington Terminal."
The York platform is located around 25 miles east of Humberside, England, in a water depth of 150 feet.
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