Operations are progressing as planned, with two additional pre-drilled production wells and a water injection well to be completed along with the drilling of a further injection well. Completion of this program is expected during quarter 3 and quarter 4, and plateau oil production is expected at in excess of 20,000 bopd.
The field is being developed as a sub sea tie-back to the Heather platform, which is situated 7km to the east of Broom. The development has required significant investment to upgrade and modernize the Heather platform to accommodate the Broom production.
Oil reserves are estimated to be 36 million barrels for the first phase of the Broom development. There are further development opportunities in the vicinity and within the Broom field concession area which currently are being evaluated. In addition the Broom development will assist substantially in extending the Heather field life.
UK Energy Minister Stephen Timms welcomed the news, commenting:
"It's great news that the Broom field is producing oil so soon after I granted approval at Offshore Europe last year. Today's announcement from Lundin Petroleum is further proof that for companies with the right skills, ingenuity and determination the UKCS is still a vibrant and rewarding basin."
Lundin Petroleum's President and CEO, Ashley Heppenstall comments on the news:
"The production of first oil from the Broom field is an important milestone for Lundin Petroleum and its partners. We are pleased to have successfully developed this satellite field which will significantly extend the life of the Heather field and facilities. The first oil production from Broom is important in Lundin Petroleum achieving its corporate objective of production in excess of 40,000 boepd by the end of the year 2004."
Lundin Petroleum is the operator with 55% working interest with partners Challenger Minerals Inc. (16%) and Palace Exploration Company (29%).
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