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EnQuest ordered to shut in Magnus production after flaring consent breach

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North Sea operator EnQuest has confirmed it temporarily shut in production at the Magnus field in the North Sea after breaching flaring consents.

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) ordered the shutdown of the field, 100miles east of Shetland.

It comes after the regulator issued new guidance on flaring and venting in June, seeking to crack down on methane emissions.

An EnQuest spokesperson said: “EnQuest confirms it temporarily shut-in production at its Magnus field in the Northern North Sea while it worked with the OGA on an agreed remediation plan with respect to platform flaring.

“Production has now been restored at this asset.”

The OGA launched an investigation into a potential breach of flaring consent in August, though the regulator confirmed the Magnus incident is separate.

A report published by the regulator in October set out “patchy compliance” in some areas of operators’ licence consents, including flaring and venting.

It comes as the industry, through the North Sea Transition Deal, is beholden to aggressive emissions reduction targets of 10% by 2025, 25% by 2027 and 50% by 2030.

The majority of platforms are expected to be either electrified or decommissioned in order to achieve this.

Magnus has been in production since 1983.

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