US oil major Chevron has commenced production on one of the oldest North Sea gas discoveries today in what has been hailed as a significant technological achievement creating hundreds of jobs in the UK.
The Alder field, around 100 miles from the Scottish coast, was discovered 40 years ago and is expected to produce up to 110 million cubic feet of gas and 14,000 barrels of gas condensate per day at its peak.
Chevron has hailed its unique partnership with its co-owner of the field, ConocoPhillips, as well as a number of technological “firsts” for reaching first gas on schedule. The operator commissioned the project early in 2014 when the UK government approved the scheme. Production is expected to ramp up in the coming months.