Talisman Energy UKCS production averaged 108,000 boe/d in the first quarter of 2009, up 28%, compared with the year-ago quarter. This was due mainly to increased production from the Tweedsmuir accumulation, where a water injection plant came on stream in March, and from Montrose-Arbroath, which had been shut down early last year.

Talisman Energy at present is also drilling three development wells at Auk North in the northern North Sea, and undertaking engineering work at the Auk South redevelopment. It also expects start-up from the Affleck development, operated by Maersk, early this summer.

In the Norwegian sector, The company’s production averaged 43,000 boe/d in the first quarter, helped by new production from wells at Brage and the Rev field. The company expects first oil from its Yme redevelopment in mid-2010. The company is also preparing to test a recent discovery in Norwegian waters, but it has plugged and abandoned a well on the Canon prospect.