China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC), China's biggest offshore oil and gas producer, announced on Friday that its Rochelle gas field in the North Sea off the UK had started operations.
The Rochelle field consists of two wells, namely the East and West Rochelle, and a pipeline to the Scott platform for processing.
The CNOOC said that operations began at West Rochelle. East Rochelle is expected to come into operation in the fourth quarter this year.
Nexen Petroleum UK, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC, is the field operator and holds 41 percent of the field's interest. Endeavor International Corporation and Premier Oil takes 44 percent and 15 percent, respectively.
Nexen Petroleum also operates the Scott platform, owning 41.9 percent of the platform's working interest.