Spirit Energy has achieved first gas on a project to extend the life of the York field in the North Sea.
The development, which had been due to be shut down in 2019, was granted a new lease on life last year when the extension was greenlit.
First gas was achieved on April 18, Spirit Energy announced, giving York an extra three years of production.
Director for North Sea operated assets, Girish Kabra, said: “First gas from the project is a result of hard work and determination of the joint team of Spirit Energy, Perenco, Centrica Storage Limited and our supply chain partners. It is good to see York producing safely again after a short pause for the life extension project.”
York has produced 45billion cubic feet of gas since starting up in 2013 and Spirit Energy expects it to yield another 18billion thanks to the new investment.
The field is 100% owned by Spirit and lies 21miles off the north-east Yorkshire coast.
Extending York’s life has involved re-routing its gas from the Easignton Gas Terminal to the Dimlington Terminal, while other non-first gas work remains such as a well intervention project to further boost production, scheduled for later in the year.
Mr. Kabra added: “It’s a great achievement and we’ve done it despite the challenges from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The project is a testament to how value can be realised with a commitment to collaboration and the industry’s and regulator’s shared objective of delivering maximised economic recovery for the UK.”