Yme field ceases production

The Statoil-operated Yme field in the North Sea ceased production April 15. The field has produced 50.3 million barrels of oil since it came on stream in February 1996. Work to shut-in the field started on Feb. 1. Plugging of the last of seven wells on the Gamma main field is under way. Four subsea wells on the Beta satellite field will be plugged this summer. The field's storage vessel, the Navion Saga, will convey the final shipment of oil from the field around May 1. Yme is the smallest field developed with its own production facilities on the Norwegian continental shelf. It also is the first Statoil-operated field where the installations are owned and operated by other companies. Maersk and Rasmussen/Navion run the field in cooperation with subcontractors Schlumberger and Centrilift.