Gas production has started from the Juliet field, a subsea development on the western flank of the southern gas basin, 24 miles (39 km) east of the Lincolnshire coast in the United Kingdom. Juliet was discovered by GDF SUEZ E&P UK in December 2008 by vertical well 47/14b-10, which found a dry gas accumulation.
Initial gas has been produced from the West Well, the first of two wells drilled. The second well, Juliet East, is expected to come on-stream in Q1 2014. At plateau, the wells will produce approximately 80 million cu ft of gas per day (800 million cu meters per year or 5 million of bbls of oil equivalent per year).
“Start of commercial production from Juliet is an important and exciting milestone as GDF SUEZ E&P UK becomes a fully fledged North Sea production operator. Juliet demonstrates our commitment to continuously developing the potential of the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS) and the value that can be derived in a mature region through the efficient use of existing infrastructure,” Jean-Marie Dauger, executive vice president of GDF SUEZ, Global Gas & LNG Business Line, said.
Produced gas is being transported by a 14-mile (22-km) pipeline to the Pickerill A platform and then transported onshore via their existing export pipeline to the Theddlethorpe gas terminal.
The Juliet reservoir is considered to be fully appraised Rotliegendes Leman Sandstone reservoir with gross associated reserves of 11.6 million of bbls of oil equivalent . The field lies in Block 47/14b, license P614. GDF SUEZ is the operator with a stake of 51.56%, and partners are First Oil Expro (29.44%) and Hansa Hydrocarbons (19%).