Total Gets Green Light for Forvie North Development

Total has received approval from the UK Department of Trade & Industry for the development of the Forvie North gas and condensate field, located some 440 kilometers northeast of Aberdeen in the northern North Sea Block 3/15.

The Forvie North discovery, located 33 kilometers south of the Alwyn North platform, was made in June 2002. Forvie is operated (100%) by Total and will be developed as a satellite to Alwyn North. First production is expected in late 2005.

At plateau, the field will produce 18,600 barrels of oil equivalent per day. A new high-pressure gas-condensate link will be constructed from Forvie to Alwyn North, the main production hub in the area. The Forvie subsea system has been designed with significant expansion capacity to allow the tie in of additional wells from promising nearby exploration prospects and, subject to commercial agreements, from certain fields in the Norwegian sector.

Total is constantly seeking opportunities in the North Sea by developing new reserves from its own portfolio while providing infrastructure that can offer solutions for the needs of other operators. In 2004 Total's equity production in the UK was 332,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.