UK's J-Block Oil, Gas Fields Restarted Sunday

LONDON (Dow Jones Newswires), July 21, 2008

The U.K. North Sea's J-Block oil and gas fields resumed production Sunday after a two-week maintenance shutdown, a spokeswoman for field operator ConocoPhillips (COP) said Monday.

The fields are still in the process of building up their production to plateau levels, the spokeswoman said.

The shutdown coincided with maintenance on the BP PLC (BP) operated CATS pipeline system in the U.K. North Sea. Data on the Web site of U.K. gas network operator National Grid PLC (NGG) showed gas was again flowing from the CATS pipeline at a rate of 6.5 million cubic meters a day.

In addition to the J-Block fields, CATS delivers gas to Teesside in northeast England from the fields Andrew, Everest and Lomond operated by BP; the Eastern Trough Area Project, or ETAP, operated by BP and Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN); Jade and J-Block operated by ConocoPhillips; and Armada operated by BG Group PLC (BG.LN).

Fields connected to the CATS system produced 24 million cubic meters of gas a day in February, the most recent month for which government figures are available.

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