Egdon Resources has said that the first gas flows have been achieved at the Kirkleatham gas development in PEDL068 where the company holds a 40% operated interest.

The joint venture partners are Sterling Resources (UK) (47%), Yorkshire Exploration (8%) and Montrose Industries (5%).

During the early stages of production from the field, gas flow rates and their duration will be restricted as system performance and gas quality is monitored and training undertaken of the site operatives.

It is expected that flow rates will be gradually ramped up to the maximum of around 5 million cubic feet of gas per day and 24 hour operations will commence in the coming weeks.

The gas from Kirkleatham is sold to Sembcorp Utilities (UK), the operator of the Wilton site for use in their GT2 gas turbine power plant.

The drilling operations have now been completed at Keddington-4 in Lincolnshire license PEDL005(Remainder), where Egdon holds a 75% operated interest.

The joint venture partners are Terrain Energy (15%) and Alba Resources (10%), a wholly owned subsidiary of Nautical Petroleum.

The Keddington-4 well was drilled as a re-entry and horizontal sidetrack from the Keddington-1Z ‘donor’ well, which was drilled by Candecca Resources in 1998.

The plugging-back of the existing well was completed and the drilling of the sidetrack commenced at from a kick-off depth of 2080m.