BP Commences Production from Mirren Field

BP has commenced production from its Mirren field in the UK North Sea. Mirren is a small satellite field linked to the Forties pipeline system with reserves of 13 million barrels of oil and 57 billion cubic feet of gas. Madoes field, another satellite field, is expected to be brought online next month.

A spokesman for BP said that this is typical for satellite fields in the North Sea and that if these opportunities can be made economically viable, they will be vital for the future of the North Sea.

The development of Mirren and Madoes is part of a $268.1 million multi-partner investment in the Eastern Trough Project. These fields have reserves of 30 million barrels of oil and 25 billion cubic feet of gas combined. Production from these two fields will provide some offset to the output decline from the original ETAP fields which are currently producing 140,000 barrels of oil and 350 million cubic feet of gas per day.

BP's partners include Shell, ExxonMobil, and Agip.