Tullow Brings McAdam Field Onstream

Tullow Oil has commenced production from the McAdam gas field, situated in the UK Southern North Sea. Initial production rates are between 60 and 65 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) from the single well development, which is above the anticipated level of 50 mmscfd.

The McAdam field is the third field to be brought on production as part of the five field development collectively known as CMS III, as they are being developed using the production and transportation facilities of the Caister Murdoch System (CMS).

Tullow Oil UK Limited holds a 14.1 percent interest in CMS III. ConocoPhillips (U.K.) Limited operates CMS III with 59.5 percent, and GDF Britain Limited holds 26.4 percent.

Production from the first two fields, Murdoch K and Hawksley, which produce from different Carboniferous reservoirs to that of McAdam, has exceeded expectations since first gas was produced from CMS III in September 2002. These two wells, along with the additional production from McAdam, bring the combined production rate to the anticipated plateau of 300 mmscfd.

The fourth well in the program, Boulton H1, is currently drilling, and should be on production in Q3 this year. The Watt field will be the last of the five to be developed.

The CMS project required new and upgraded facilities, including a bridge-linked accommodation platform and tie-ins, for the CMS III sub-sea development. The installation of a new compression module this summer will double compression capacity, catering for both existing production and future developments in the area.

John Lander, Tullow Oil UK Limited Managing Director stated: "The commencement of production from McAdam is another milestone in a highly successful project. We are delighted to have achieved a combined production rate of 300 mmscfd, while the additional compression capacity to be installed this summer will also open up the opportunity to fast track new discoveries or existing finds in the surrounding acreage"