The Elgin/Franklin platform. Image courtesy of Total.

France’s Total started gas and condensate production Thursday at the West Franklin Phase 2 project in the Central Graben area of the UK North Sea.

The project will supply 40,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day to the Elgin/Franklin hub.

West Franklin Phase 2 will develop reserves of 85 million barrels of oil equivalent.

The project includes the drilling of three new production wells and the installation of two new platforms, the West Franklin wellhead platform and the Elgin B platform that will be also used to drill new wells on Elgin.

West Franklin is located 149 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland and was discovered by Total in 2003.

Phase 1 production started in 2007 with two wells drilled from the Franklin platform.

“With the start-up of the West Franklin Phase 2 project, Total consolidates the production capacity of its operated Elgin/Franklin hub. The hub holds significant reserves as well as promising exploration opportunities”, Total senior vice president Michael Borrell said.

Total operates Elgin/Franklin, including West Franklin, with a 46.2 percent interest.

Italy’s Eni holds a 21.9 percent interest, UK-based BG holds a 14.1 percent interest, Germany-based E.ON holds a 5.2 percent interest, ExxonMobil holds a 4.3 percent interest, Chevron holds a 3.9 percent interest, UK-based Summit Petroluem holds a 2.2 percent interest and Netherlands-based Dyas holds a 2.2 percent stake.


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