Marathon Commences Production from Braemar Field

Marathon Oil has commenced production of gas and condensate from the its Braemar Field in the North Sea. Production is flowing at a gross daily rate of approximately 50 million cubic feet of gas (mmcf) and 4,500 barrels of condensate.

The Braemar Field is a gas and condensate reservoir discovered in 1985 and located in UK Continental Shelf Block 16/3c in the Central North Sea some 315 kilometers (196 miles) northeast of Aberdeen in a water depth of approximately 125 meters (410 feet). The field has been developed with a single subsea well tied back to the Marathon-operated East Brae platform 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) to the south where the liquids and gas are processed. Braemar condensate production is then delivered from East Brae to the Forties pipeline system. Braemar gas is contracted to the Miller Group and flows into the Brae gas processing and transportation complex. Gas will be delivered to the Miller Group through the new 9-kilometer (5.5 mile), 16-inch Brae-Miller Link Line connecting the Brae B platform to the BP-operated Miller platform. The Link Line is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of this year.

Commenting on the new production, Les Thomas, President of Marathon Oil U.K., Ltd, the operator of Braemar, said, "Braemar has been a successful satellite development only made possible by the use of existing infrastructure. It enhances the value of the Brae area infrastructure and the Brae-Miller Link Line provides a connection between the SAGE and Miller gas systems which provides flexibility for the future."

The Braemar field holds estimated total resources of approximately 116 billion cubic feet (bcf) of gas and 10 million barrels of liquids. Marathon is operator of Braemar and holds a 26 percent interest in the development. The remaining interests are held by BP Exploration Operating Company Limited and Arco British Limited (52 percent), Talisman Energy (UK) Limited (10 percent), Kerr-McGee Oil (UK) PLC (5 percent), Nippon Oil Exploration and Production U.K. Limited (4 percent), and Lundin North Sea Limited (3 percent).

Partners in the Brae-Miller Link Line are: BP Exploration Operating Company Limited and BP Exploration (Alpha) Limited (40.5 percent), which serves as operator, Marathon Oil U.K., Ltd. (19.3 percent), ConocoPhillips (U.K.) Limited (15 percent), Saxon Oil Miller Limited (9 percent), Talisman Energy (UK) Limited (7 percent), Kerr-McGee Oil (U.K.) PLC (4 percent), Nippon Oil Exploration and Production U.K. Limited (3.2 percent), and Lundin North Sea Limited (2 percent).
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