December 16, 2016

The Cygnus gas field, operated by ENGIE E&P UK Limited and in which Centrica plc owns a 48.75% interest, has started production. First gas has now flowed from Cygnus and into the National Transmission System, meaning Cygnus is on course to be the largest producing gas field in the UK North Sea in 2017. At peak, the field will contribute 5 per cent of the UK’s total gas production, enough to heat the equivalent of 1.5million homes. Work on the Cygnus project commenced in 2012 and before even starting production, Cygnus has already contributed £1.3billion to the UK economy, creating 5,000 jobs across the country during the construction phase alone. While first gas from the field, 150 km off the Lincolnshire coast, comes via the Cygnus Alpha platform, work is already underway to extend the field even further via fresh wells being drilled at the nearby Cygnus Bravo platform. More than 80 per cent of the supply chain for the development of Cygnus was based in the UK, including construction of the platforms themselves, each weighing up to 4,400 tonnes and built in yards in Hartlepool and Fife.

Cygnus gas field is situated within UK Continental Shelf blocks 44/12a and 44/11a in 23m of water. It is the sixth largest gas field in the southern North Sea and the largest to be discovered in the last 25 years within the Southern Gas Basin. (Source: Centrica)