Taqa Takes Operatorship Of N. Sea Otter Field from Total

LONDON (Dow Jones Newswires), July 4, 2011

Abu Dhabi National Energy, or Taqa, said Monday its U.K. unit has taken control of the Otter field, the first phase of a transaction agreed last year with French major Total to acquire its 81% stake in two North Sea blocks.

The field is located in blocks P.226 Block 210/15a and P.1021 Block 210/20d, adjacent to Taqa Bratani's existing North Sea interests purchased in 2008. Otter is linked to the Taqa Bratani-operated Eider platform, the firm said Monday.

"Becoming operator of the Otter field underlines Taqa Bratani Ltd.'s long-term commitment to the North Sea," said Leo Koot, managing director of Taqa Bratani.

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