Image courtesy of Premier Oil.

The troubled Huntington oil field in the UK North Sea is ready for a full production ramp up after months of curbed output.

Canadian independent Iona Energy said on Wednesday that normal operations are resuming at the Central Area Transmission System (CATS) after nearly five months of export restrictions.

Iona said that various fields using CATS are currently being brought online.

Huntington has been operating under gas export rate restrictions since October 2014 that has reduced the rate of oil production from the field.

An incident at the field’s CATS riser platform during a restart in December forced the field’s operator, E.on,  to hold production at a reduced rate.

Huntington is now ready for a full production ramp up when unrestricted access to CATS is made available, Iona said.

Production plans for the Huntington indicate a significant drop in output this year compared to previous estimates.

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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