Northern Producer Reaches 50 Mln Barrel Mark from Galley Fld

The Northern Producer, the floating production installation managed by Petrofac Facilities Management Ltd, has recently added to its list of proud achievements by producing its 50 millionth barrel of oil from the ChevronTexaco operated Galley Field.

The 50th million barrel of oil was exported on Sunday November 16, 2003, five and a half years from first production from the Galley field situated in Block 15/23a in the UK Continental Shelf.

The Northern Producer, managed and operated by Petrofac Facilities Management Ltd on behalf of Sea Production Limited, is one of the North Sea's success stories.

This is an outstanding milestone for the Galley field. When the project began it was forecast to have a lifespan of approximately 4 years and was regarded as a relatively short term proposition. The Northern Producer has achieved world-class production uptime performance since field start up in 1998.

Andrew Ferguson, Petrofac Operations Manager said "With 50 million barrels of oil to its credit and still going strong, the Northern Producer is a tribute to what can be done with a focused and collaborative management team offshore and onshore. The entire team associated with the Northern Producer can take great satisfaction from what is being achieved on this installation."

The Northern Producers is a semisubmersible floating production platform (FPF), Aker H-3 design. It was originally built as a drilling rig in 1977 at the Trosvik Verft shipyard in Norway and then converted into an FPF for the Emerald field in 1989-91, and adapted to the Galley field in the UK sector in 1996/7. The FPF has a capacity to produce 55,000 barrels of oil per day and 60 million cubic feet of gas per day with a water injection capability of 45,000 barrels per day.