Wintershall Noordzee, a 50:50 Joint Venture of Wintershall Dea and Gazprom EP International, has announced its successful gas production from its second b2 production well located at the Sillimanite field in the Netherlands, according to a press release.

Talking about the b2 well’s completion, Managing Director of Wintershall Noordzee B.V., Robert Frimpong, said, “Nobody could have foreseen the impact the outbreak of COVID-19 would have on our activities. However, by rapidly adapting to a new reality and through perseverance, we have managed to bring this new well on stream without any incidents and within budget and time-frame.”

The gas produced will be transported through the newly laid 12-kilometer-long pipeline connecting the B platform to the existing production platform (operated by Neptune), both located in Dutch waters. From there, the gas will be transported through the NGT (Noordgastransport B.V.) gas transportation system to shore.

Due to the success of the Sillimanite gas field, Wintershall Noordzee is deciding to go straight ahead with the drilling of the Sillimanite South exploration well. If all goes according to plan, the South exploration well is expected to add gas to the export pipeline in Q4 2020.

The Sillimanite gas field was discovered in 2015 and started production in early 2020. The field lies directly on the maritime border of the Netherlands and the UK.