Shell: N Sea Shearwater Field Restarted Gas Flows Sun

LONDON Sep 12, 2005 (Dow Jones Commodities News Select via Comtex)

Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RSDB) said gas flows from its North Sea Shearwater natural gas field restarted Sunday, a spokeswoman for the company said Monday.

The spokeswoman said gas production restarted after having been shut down since Aug. 27 for maintenance. She said that the "field was ramping up" and could take several days to reach full production.

Shearwater, at peak production, is capable of producing 425 million cubic feet of gas a day and 90,000 barrels of liquid condensate.

Shearwater is operated by Shell on behalf of a consortium of companies that include ExxonMobil Corp. (XOM) and BP PLC (BP).

Shearwater pumps gas into the Bacton terminal in eastern cost of England.

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