Start-up of production from the Breagh gas field project in the UK, originally scheduled for the second quarter 2012, has been delayed once again.
According to Sterling Resources, which owns a stake in the UK North Sea project, the operator RWE Dea has now set an earliest first production date of the end of March 2013 with the chance of slippage to the end of May 2013.
Sterling did not say if and how this latest delay would affect the costs of the development but added the companies will hope to get the best out of the current situation and try to, at least, reach the end of March 2013 date instead of May.
To remind, in September 2012 Sterling informed that the estimate of Phase 1 development costs rose to £623 million (28% increase over FDP). Most of cost increase is associated with offshore pipeline installation, onshore terminal modifications, onshore pipeline installation and drilling.
The Breagh field is a gas field located in UKCS block 42/13 of the Southern North Sea (SNS). It lies 50km to the north east of the UK coast and 200km to the west of the median line between the UK and Dutch sectors.
Offshore Energy Today Staff,November 16, 2012