Shell UK Ltd. melaporkan telah memulai pengerjaan produksi pada 12 Mei dari lahan Shamrock di North Sea, ketiga lahan baru North Sea yang dioperasikan Shell yang akan memulai produksi pada tahun ini. Shell akan mengoperasikan lahan dan memegang 100% saham.

Shamrock field was developed using Shell’s proprietary Monotower platform powered by wind and solar energy, which costs much less to build than a traditional offshore platform.

John Gallagher, technical vice-president for Shell Exploration & Production, Europe, said Shamrock was brought on stream shortly after Starling and Caravel fields earlier this year. ‘Our ability to use latest generation technology has enabled Shell to develop a field that would once have been uneconomic,’ Gallagher said.

Starling, a subsea tieback to the Shearwater platform in the Central North Sea, came on stream in January, and Caravel—also a Monotower platform development—produced initial gas Apr. 30.

Production capacity through the Shamrock monotower will average 120 MMscfd, Shell said. Gas is transported by pipeline to the Shell-operated Bacton gas plant about 120 km to the southwest.

Shell UK operates fields in the UK sector of the North Sea on behalf of itself, Esso, and other partners.