Wintershall Noordzee has successfully started gas production from D12-B2, the second well drilled in its operated cross-border development Sillimanite.
Discovered in June 2015, the unitized gas field stretches across the UK and the Dutch Continental Shelves and is located approximately 200 kilometers off the coast of Den Helder. “This is the second successful production well of this exceptional cross-border development project,” says Robert Frimpong, Managing Director of Wintershall Noordzee. “Producing in line with the expected productivity, this well is a welcome addition to the first well which came into production earlier this year.”
Wintershall Noordzee commenced drilling the second Sillimanite production well at the beginning of February. Shortly afterwards, the world was confronted with the challenges caused by covid-19. “Nobody could have foreseen the impact the outbreak of covid-19 would have on our activities. However, by rapidly adapting to a new reality and through perseverance, we have managed to bring this new well on stream without any incidents and within budget and timeframe,” says Robert Frimpong.
Wintershall Noordzee contracted the Maersk Resolve drilling rig to work on the development of the Sillimanite field. The produced gas from the D12-B2 well will also be transported through the newly laid 12-kilometre-long pipeline connecting the D12-B platform to the existing D15-A production platform (operated by Neptune), both located in Dutch waters. From there, the gas will be transported through the NGT gas transportation system to shore.