Norwegian Energy Company (Noreco) has secured temporary approval to restart production at the Huntington oil field, located in Block 22/14b of the UK central North Sea area.

The field has now resumed production at a reduced rate.

The Huntington field daily production will not exceed 1,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) to the company until normal access to the CATS system is restored.

Although CATS operator has not given any firm date for resuming normal operation of the CATS Systems, it is believed that this is likely to be delayed until the end of January 2015, or longer.

Noreco anticipates that the reduced production in the starting of 2015 will be partly compensated by flush production when the field is back to normal.

Covered by production licence P1114, the Huntington oil field is situated approximately 205km east of Aberdeen, at a water depth of around 91m.

EON E&P UK operates the Huntington field, which produced its first oil in April 2013, with a 25% working interest.

Premier Oil, Noreco and Iona Energy Canada are non-operating partners with working interests of 40%, 20% and 15%, respectively.