Production has resumed at the Siri field in the Danish part of the North Sea.
On August 31, 2009, the operator of the Siri field, DONG Energy, decided to stop production from the field. The decision was caused by a routine inspection revealing cracks in a subsea structure connected to the oil storage tank underneath the Siri platform.
A temporary solution involving a metal frame that supports the subsea structure is now in place ensuring the stability of the construction.
Now that Siri is back in production, the adjacent fields, Nini, Cecilie and Stine can also resume production. The oil produced from these fields is transported through a pipeline to the Siri platform and via the subsea oil storage tank of the platform to a tanker.
A permanent repair of the damage is expected to be finalised in second half 2010.
DONG Energy's partners in the area are Noreco and RWE.
"We are pleased to have Siri and its connected fields back in production. Together with external business partners, our staff at the platform and onshore have carried out a great job with securing the installation without compromising the safety of those involved. We now have a robust solution until we in second half of 2010 have a permanent solution in place, so that we can continue production from the area many years ahead," said Jesper Nørrelund, Vice President of DONG Energy in charge of the company's Danish oil and gas activities.
The production stoppage at Siri will adversely affect DONG Energy's expected production from the area in 2009. However, as the production from other DONG Energy fields has exceeded expectations, the overall effect will not alter the previous guidance for DONG Energy's financial results for 2009 or the company's expected investment level.
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