The first gas from the Cygnus development in the UK North Sea has been exported to the Bacton gas terminal in North Norfolk, ENGIE E&P, the field’s operator, said.
Cygnus, in license areas P1055 and P1731, 150 km off the coast of Lincolnshire, is expected to contribute 5% of the UK’s gas production.
Ruud Zoon, managing director, ENGIE E&P UK Limited, said: “First gas from Cygnus represents a significant boost to the UK’s long-term energy security, with an estimated production life exceeding 20 years. Furthermore, with over 80% of the contract work secured by British businesses — including fabrication yards in Hartlepool, Methil and Burntisland — it is a showcase for the technical and commercial excellence of the UK oil and gas supply chain.”
The Cygnus complex, with four platforms, a total of 10 wells and two subsea structures, serves an estimated field size of 250 mi2 from which it is expected to achieve plateau production of 250 MMcfd.
Chris Cox, managing director of Centrica’s E&P business, said: “The Cygnus field is hugely important to the country’s energy supply, so we are proud that gas is now flowing from the field and into homes and businesses across the UK.”
The partners are evaluating further opportunities in the Greater Cygnus area with the aim of bringing additional volumes through Cygnus when capacity becomes available.