Perenco has been operating in the UK Southern North Sea (SNS) basin since 2003 and operating Europe’s largest onshore oilfield at Wytch Farm since 2011.
- Southern North Sea
- Wytch Farm
In the North Sea, Perenco is the operator of 48 offshore platforms producing offshore gas from fields including: Leman, Indefatigable, the LAP’s complex, Trent and Tyne (and their associated satellite fields), the Cleeton fields (including Wollaston, Whittle, Ravenspurn North, Ravenspurn South), the West Sole stream fields (including West Sole, Hyde, Hoton, Newsham) and the Amethyst field. Perenco’s gas production in the North Sea is around 72 000 boepd and represents approximately. 15% of UK demand. Perenco has recently drilled three wells representing a gross investment of £92 million searching for new gas reserves.
Several of the gas fields are beginning to reach the end of their economic lives and Perenco is building expertise and knowledge in the decommissioning of these facilities via the successful completion of the Welland programme and the start of the Thames programme. In addition to its own gas, and that of its joint-venture partners, Perenco transports a significant quantity of third-party gas through its operated infrastructure and pipeline system to its two operated gas terminals, Bacton and Dimlington, where the gas is processed and exported . Bacton is the recipient terminal for the GDF Cygnus development which with a £1.4 billion capex is the largest UK gas discovery to be developed in the last 25 years.
Wytch Farm is Europe's largest onshore oilfield, situated in one of the most environmentally sensitive areas of the UK.
Its operations are on the southern shores of Poole Harbour, Furzey Island, Wareham and at Kimmeridge Bay. In 1995 it won the Queen's Award for Environmental Achievement. It is currently producing 18 000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (crude oil, liquid petroleum gas and gas) and employs 170 staff and 250 contractors.
It is a conventional oilfield extracting oil (with some associated gas) from sandstone and limestone reservoirs. There is no known shale gas or coalbed methane in Perenco's licence blocks in Dorset, nor are there any plans to seek any such opportunities.
Perenco UK Limited took over the operation of the oilfield in 2011.
In September 2012, Perenco UK Limited applied to Dorset County Council to extend the duration of 39 existing planning permissions for the Wytch Farm, Wareham and Kimmeridge oilfields to 2037. Perenco held a public exhibition at Furzebrook Village Hall, Wareham in May 2012 to provide key information regarding the applications and invite public feedback. Dorset County Council have also undertaken consultations concerning the applications.
Dorset County Council's Planning Committee recommended approval of the applications on 6th September, 2013. Perenco looks forward to maintaining the highest operating standards and continuing to make a very positive economic and social contribution into the future.