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Paris, France, 2011/10/28 - GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland B.V., as the operator, started-up gas production from the G16a-C offshore gas field in the Dutch continental shelf, with a brand new production platform - GDFSUEZ.com. FR0010 208488
The G16a-C natural gas field was discovered in 2009 and is located approximately 133 kilometers North East of Den Helder in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. Partners in the G16a licence are GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland B.V. (60%) and EBN B.V. (40%).
The total expected reserves are 2.3 billion cu.m of natural gas(1). The gas will be transported through the offshore pipeline system of Noordgastransport B.V. (NGT), operated by GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland B.V. to the onshore gas treatment facilities in Uithuizen. The platform was installed in July and consists of a topside with a weight of approximately 1,200 tons and a four-legged jacket made of tubular steel with a weight of 1,000 tons.
Jean-Marie Dauger, Executive Vice-President of GDF SUEZ in charge of the Global Gas & LNG business line declared: “Thanks to an efficient organization and a strong HSE policy, the project has been completed within budget and time schedule. We are proud that the production starts up only two years after the discovery of the field. According to its growth strategy, GDF SUEZ demonstrates once again that mature areas are still profitable.”
GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland B.V. is the largest operator in the Dutch sector of the North Sea, with 92.2 million Boe reserves and 17.3 million Boe production. Currently, the affiliate operates more than 30 offshore production platforms and five subsea wells. GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland B.V. is also the leader of offshore transport infrastructures management, thanks to its position as operator of Noordgastransport B.V. (NGT) and Northern Offshore Gas Transport B.V. (NOGAT).
(1)Total reserves for G16a-C and G16a-B
About GDF SUEZ
GDF SUEZ (gdfsuez.com) develops its businesses around a model based on responsible growth to take up today’s major energy and environmental challenges: meeting energy needs, ensuring the security of supply, fighting against climate change and maximizing the use of resources. The Group provides highly efficient and innovative solutions to individuals, cities and businesses by relying on diversified gas-supply sources, flexible and low-emission power generation as well as unique expertise in four key sectors: liquefied natural gas, energy efficiency services, independent power production and environmental services. GDF SUEZ employs 218,350 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €84.5 billion in 2010. The Group is listed on the Brussels, Luxembourg and Paris stock exchanges and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Stoxx 50, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, ASPI Eurozone and ECPI Ethical Index EMU.
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