Shell Turns on the Tap at Penguin Field

Shell commenced production from the Penguin Field in the UK sector of the North Sea on January 4, according to a statement from Shell U.K. Exploration and Production, a 50/50 joint venture between Shell and ExxonMobil. The field is located approximately 150 kilometers northeast of the Shetland Islands in the northern part of the North Sea and are expected to produce a total of 175 billion cubic meters of gas and 50 million barrels of oil over a lifetime of nine years.

Daily peak production rates are expected to be 70 million cubic feet of gas and 40,000 barrels of oil. The Penguin complex was discovered in the 1970s but only developed in the early 2000s thanks to modern technology.

Primary and associated gas is being produced via the Flags pipeline to the Shell/Esso gas terminal at St Fergus in Scotland and the oil is flowing via the Brent system to the Sullom Voe terminal.