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E & P News

2017

Sep 2017: Hansa (operator, 40%) drilled the Ruby well, the first in an area 20 kms off the northern coast since the early 1990s. It produced gas and the licences are estimated to contain 60 bcm of gas in the basal Rotliegend sands overlapping with the Geldsackplate license in Germany. Partners are Oranje-Nassau (40%) and state-owned Energie Beheer Nederland (20%).

Jun 2017: Shell and Exxon Mobil (NAM) will s appeal against lowering the production cap at the Groningen field by a further 10%. The latest cap would allow production of only 21.6 Bcm per year.

Jan 2017: A Dutch court upheld a decision by the government to cap production at the Groningen gas field at 24 bcm until Oct 2021. Production at the field has been cut from 53.9 bcm in 2013 due to the risk from earthquakes caused by production.

2016

Jun 2016: The National Mines Inspectorate advised the government to cut production at the Groningen gas field to 24 bcm a year. Several cuts in the past year have already left it at 27 bcm.

2015

Nov 2015: Parkmead announced first gas production at the Diever West field on the west of the Lower Saxony Basin in the Drenthe IIIb licence. It has been tied into facilities through a new pipeline with gas extraction via the Garijp treatment system. Vermilion Energy is operator.

Nov 2015: A Dutch court ruled that gas production from the Groningen field should be cut by another 18%, limiting it to 27 Bcm for the year, to reduce the risk of seismic tremors.

Jun 2015: A further tightening of production at Groningen is proposed with output capped at 13.5 bcm in the second half of 2015 and at 30 bcm for the whole year.

Jun 2015: Operated by Wintershall, the unmanned mini-platform L6-B has started to produce gas .The facility can accommodate a maximum of 2 producing wells. A pipeline will transport the gas to the neighbouring platform L8-P4.

Apr 2015: Production from the Groningen field will not exceed 36.4 bcm in 2015. Groningen is operated by Gasunie with output jointly exploited by the government and a joint venture between Shell and ExxonMobil called NAM (Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij).

Feb 2015: Shell, ExxonMobil and the Dutch government ignored the danger of earthquakes caused by gas extraction at the Groningen field since 1993 said the Dutch Safety Board. Production must be reduced to 16.5 bcm in the first half of 2015 and it is considering permanently cutting output to below a cap of 39.4 bcm.

2014

Sep 2014: A gas field has been discovered in the Drenthe IIIb production licence. The Diever-2 well, targeting the Diever West prospect, was drilled by Vermilion Energy, with partners Parkmead, NAM and EBN, and discovered Rotliegendes-age gas-bearing sandstones. Diever West will be tied into existing production facilities in the area.

Jan 2014: GDF SUEZ has started oil production at the Amstel field from its new Q13a-A production platform. The light oil is transported through a 25 km pipeline to the TAQA-operated P15 platform where it is treated before being piped to a refinery in Rotterdam. The field will produce 15,000 bbls per day. GDF SUEZ is operator with 50% with EBN (40%) and TAQA (10%).

Jan 2014: The Dutch government may cut production at the giant Groningen gas field because of concerns about the risk of earth tremors. The field is operated by a joint venture between Shell and ExxonMobil (NAM).

2013

Dec 2013: RWE Dea has announced production startup from the Orca gas field in the Southern North Sea. The operator is GDF Suez. The field will be developed with 3 wells of which the first 2 were drilled and completed in 2013. Orca straddles the border with the UK where 55% of the gas is located. The platform D18a-A is located in the Netherlands in 40 m of water.

Oct 2013: Dana has brought online 3,500 bbls per day of new production from an infill well A06 on the Hanze field, nearly doubling existing field production. The well is part of a series of five infrastructure-led wells being drilled by Dana.

Jul 2013: GDF SUEZ, operator of the Orca gas field in the Southern Gas Basin completed installation of the unmanned D18a-A platform and spudded the first development well. The field will produce gas from 3 wells with a maximum production capacity of 0.876 bcm per year. First production is expected in early 2014, exported  to Uithuizen and shared with the UK.

2012

Dec 2012: Wintershall made an offshore oil discovery in a Late Cretaceous Chalk reservoir in license F17a 120 kms north of Den Helder. Well F17-10 is in a water depth of 44m. A potential of 30 mm bbls recoverable oil exists. Appraisal drilling is planned for 2013. Wintershall operates the Kotter and Logger oil fields and holds 30% with EBN (40%), GDF SUEZ (20%), Rosewood (5%) and TAQA (5%).

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