DTI Gives Go-Ahead to Centrica for Rose Development

Centrica plc has received approval from the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry for the development of the Rose gas field in the southern North Sea. Drilling is scheduled to begin at the end of May, with first gas anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2004. Centrica is investing GBP50 million in the development.

The Rose field has been run by Centrica Resources Limited, a unit of Centrica, since December 2002, when it bought the remaining equity from U.K. gas company BG Group PLC to become the sole owner and operator of Rose. The drilling services contract for the Rose field has been awarded to GlobalSantaFe Corp.