Vermilion Energy Inc. is pleased to announce that natural gas began to flow at our Corrib gas project in Ireland on December 30, 2015. Production levels at Corrib are expected to rise over a period of approximately six months to a peak rate estimated at 58 mmcf/d (9,700 boe/d), net to Vermilion.
"First gas marks an important milestone for Vermilion" said Lorenzo Donadeo, CEO of Vermilion. "Corrib will be a significant contributor to both our 2016 and 2017 production growth and generate meaningful free cash flow for the Company. Corrib strengthens our focus on Europe and provides us with operational momentum in an area where we are becoming a dominant intermediate producer. Moreover, it is good news for Ireland. Corrib will improve the security of natural gas supply in the Irish market and will bring long-term benefits and employment to the Irish economy."
Corrib production is priced in reference to the National Balancing Point (NBP) in the United Kingdom and will increase Vermilion's exposure to advantageously-priced European natural gas production. We anticipate that European-based natural gas will represent approximately 30% of our 2016 production volumes.
Corrib is a world class natural gas field located approximately 83 km off the northwest coast of Ireland. The field is believed to contain approximately 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves.
Notes to Editors
- The Corrib project is a joint venture between Shell E&P Ireland Limited (45%), Statoil Exploration Ireland Limited (36.5%), and Vermilion Energy Ireland Limited (18.5%). Shell E&P Ireland Limited is the operator of the project.
- At peak production, the Corrib field has the potential to meet up to 60% of Ireland's gas needs.
- Six production wells are available in the Corrib field, which is located in water depths of approximately 350 m and lies approximately 3,000 m below the seabed.
- Natural gas is transported from the field through a 20-inch pipeline to the Bellanaboy Bridge Gas Terminal in northwest Mayo where it is processed before being transferred to the Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) national gas grid for distribution to Irish gas consumers.
- More than 6,000 people have worked on the development of the Corrib field.