First gas has been exported from the Cygnus Bravo field in the Southern North Sea.
ENGIE E&P UK said it was exported seven kilometres to Cygnus Alpha, which has been at a plateau of 250 million cubic feet per day since 13th December last year.
Combined output then travels from the Alpha processing unit, 150km off the coast of Lincolnshire, via a 55km link to the Esmond Transmission System – which ultimately lands at the Bacton gas terminal in Norfolk.
The Cygnus complex includes four platforms and two subsea structures, contributing around 5% of UK gas production – enough to heat around 1.5 million homes.
Maria Moraeus Hanseen, CEO of ENGIE E&P said it is a “major milestone” for the Cygnus development, adding: “Gas from this second drill centre will contribute significantly to extending the plateau production that Cygnus Alpha has been achieving for the last eight months.”
ENGIE E&P UK owns 38.75% share in the field, Bayerngas 12.5% while Centrica owns the majority interest at 48.75%.
Earlier this year, Centrica said it would permanently shut the Rough gas storage facility.