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Consent granted for Belinda project in UK North Sea

07 June 2024

The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) granted a Development and Production Consent for the Belinda oil and gas field in the Central North Sea on 17 May 2024, which allows the owner to proceed with the project.

Image: NSTA
Image: NSTA

An NSTA spokesperson said: “The North Sea Transition Authority has granted a Development and Production Consent for the Belinda field. The project will support the UK’s energy production and make use of existing infrastructure to minimise emissions. It will also create jobs and provide investment in the supply chain.”

The operator of the field, independent upstream oil and gas company Serica Energy, said the field will be tied back to the Triton FPSO following the drilling of the development well which is scheduled to take place in the first half of 2025.

The Belinda well is the 5th well in Serica’s Triton area drilling campaign, which commenced in April this year using the COSLInnovator drilling rig. All these wells are designed to enhance production via the Triton FPSO. Proven and probable reserves in the Belinda field are estimated at about 5 million barrels of oil equivalent (80% oil). Production is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2026 following the tie-back work to the Triton FPSO.

David Latin, Chairman and Interim CEO of Serica commented: “We are delighted to have received approval to develop Belinda. This will build on our strong track record of delivering growth and adding value through investment in our assets. We have further potential projects in our portfolio which we continue to assess, including the possible re-development of the Kyle field, which could, like Belinda, be another low emissions tie-back candidate to the Triton FPSO. We look to the UK government to implement tax and licensing arrangements that support investments like Belinda, thereby creating UK jobs, earnings and tax receipts instead of increasing reliance on energy imports.”

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