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    Harbour suffers setback at UK Tolmount field

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Rather than this month, first gas is now anticipated at the end of the year.

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Harbour suffers setback at UK Tolmount field

UK operator Harbour Energy has warned it does not expect first gas from the Tolmount field in the UK North Sea until the end of the year instead of this month, after encountering electrical issues during its commissioning.

Harbour expects to net 20,000-25,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe)/day of gas from its 50% interest in Tolmount once the field reaches full capacity, and it had been counting on the project to boost output in the latter half of this year. As a result of the delay, Harbour has lowered its 2021 production guidances to 185,000-195,000 boe/d on a pro-forma basis and 170,000-180,000 boe/d on a reported basis, versus 200,000-215,000 boe/d and 185,000-200,000 boe/d previously.

During final commissioning and testing of the Tolmount platform, Harbour said it had identified issues with certain offshore electrical systems. Those systems are now being investigated and plans drawn up to rectify them, it said.

Harbour's guidance revisions also reflect the delayed restart of the Elgin Franklin field operated by France's TotalEnergies following its summer maintenance shutdown.