The Huntington oil field. Image courtesy of Offshore Technology.

The troubled offshore Huntington field restarted full production Thursday after months of technical problems and curbed exports.

Norway’s Noreco, a stake holder in the UK North Sea field, said Huntington is “fully back on stream” and is currently producing about 28,000 barrels of oil equivalents per day.

The company said current production rates are “in line with expectations of initial rates” following a shutdown period.

Production at the field is expected to “naturally decline” through 2015 and may be reduced in June and July for planned maintenance at the Central Area Transmission System (CATS) gas receiving terminal.

“Production levels at the Huntington field will continue to depend on access to the CATS gas export system,” Noreco said.

Huntington has been operating under gas export rate restrictions since last October due to technical problems with the CATS.

The field was initially scheduled for a full restart in December but an incident with the field’s CATS riser postponed the production ramp up.

Alberta-based Iona said last week the CATS had resumed normal operations and several fields that use the system were being brought online.

Germany-based E.ON holds a 25 percent operating stake in the field.

Norway-based Noreco holds a 20 percent stake, UK-based Premier Oil holds a 40 percent stake and Iona Energy holds a 15 percent stake in the field.

Huntington is located in block 22/14b in the UK North Sea about 155 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland.




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