Centrica Begins Production from Rose Field

Centrica began production from the Rose Field in block 47/15b of the Southern Sector of the U.K. North Sea late last week. The company said the field was brought onstream ahead of schedule, just over one year since acquiring sole equity in the development.

Rose is a GBP50 million project which was due on stream during the first quarter of 2004, developed as a subsea well tied back to the BP operated Amethyst field. The Rose well tested at a rate of 120 million cubic feet/day, higher than the anticipated deliverability. Rose gas will mix with Amethyst before being passed for processing at Centrica's Easington terminal.

Jake Ulrich, Managing Director of Centrica Energy Management Group, said: "As part of our asset management strategy, we expect to look at similar projects in the future, enabling us to continue meeting a proportion of customer demand from our own sources."

In December of 2002 Centrica acquired the remaining 60 percent interest in the field from Amerada Hess.