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Dana Petroleum has announced first oil from its Western Isles development in the UK North Sea.

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Production started on 15 November and has continued steadily and in line with our expectations.

Western Isles (Dana 77% and Cieco 23%) is now producing from the Harris and Barra oilfields in the Northern North Sea, 160 km east of the Shetlands and 12 km west of the Tern field.

With an investment of approximately US$2 billion by the project partners, Western Isles is Dana’s largest ever project. The Western Isles development is expected to produce up to 44 000 boe/d when fully on production, adding over 30 000 bbls (net) to Dana’s daily production.

Dana Chief Executive Roy Elliot said: “The safe start-up of Western Isles is a proud moment and a great achievement for Dana and our owner the Korea National Oil Corporation – and it demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the North Sea.

“We thank all of our staff, contractors and project partners who have worked so hard to bring Western Isles to this point. We now look forward to many years of safe and reliable production.”

Brenda Wyllie, Northern North Sea Manager at the Oil and Gas Authority said: “The first oil milestone from the Western Isles Development is positive news and helps confirm the remaining potential of the UK Continental Shelf. Dana’s approach to intervention, when managing a complex and remote project, has seen them successfully achieve this goal. The OGA welcomes investment in a mature area of the North Sea and looks forward to more of these developments coming on stream and enabling MER UK.”

The Western Isles development consists of production and water injection wells tied back to a new build floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) with oil export using shuttle tankers. The cylindrical FPSO measures nearly 90 m at its widest and weighs over 28 000 t, with the capacity to produce 44 000 bpd and store 400 000 bbls in its tanks.

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