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    Neptune Kicks off UK Seagull Drilling


The field will be tied back to the BP-managed Etap central processing facility.

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Neptune Kicks off UK Seagull Drilling

Neptune Energy and its partners BP and Japan's Japex have launched drilling at the Seagull oil and gas field in the UK North Sea, Neptune announced on January 28.

The Valaris-operated Gorilla VI jack-up will sink four development wells over 18 months, Neptune said. The high-pressure, high-temperature field is due to come on stream in late 2021 and flow 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent/day at full capacity. Its proved and probable reserves are assessed at 50mn boe.

Seagull will be tied back to the BP-managed Etap central processing facility some 17 km north. Its gas will be brought onshore at the Cats processing terminal at Teesside in northeast England, while its oil will be delivered via the Forties system to the Kinneil terminal at Grangemouth, Scotland.

Neptune operates Seagull with a 35% interest, while BP has 50% and Japex has 15%. Construction of the project's subsea infrastructure began in September, with TechnipFMC deploying its Apache II vessel to lay tie-back pipes.

"Thanks to a collaborative approach between Neptune, our partners BP and Japex and key contractors, we are progressing with the project at pace and have reached another important milestone," Neptune said.