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Atlantic Petroleum announces that the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has advised the Blackbird Field joint venture partners that it has approved the Blackbird Field Development Plan (FDP) Addendum.The Blackbird Field is owned by Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited (Operator) 73.02957%, Nexen Ettrick U.K. Limited 17.57270% and Atlantic Petroleum UK Limited 9.39773%.The Blackbird field was discovered in 2008 and has been in production since 2011. The field currently consists of one subsea producer and one water injector tied back to the Aoka Mizu FPSO (which also handles the Ettrick Field production). Oil is exported by shuttle tanker and gas exported to the St Fergus gas terminal. The FDP Addendum will result in the drilling of a second production well. The well is planned to be drilled in early 2014 and is expected to be in production by mid-2014. Similar to the Ettrick 20/2a-E9 production well, which came onstream in November 2013, the investment in the Blackbird production well is expected to qualify for the Brown Field Allowance under the UK taxation system.The drilling of the second well on the Blackbird Field has been described in the Prospectus published on the 26th November 2013 in connection with the offering and listing of the Company’s shares on Oslo Børs.The approval of the FDP addendum does not affect the Company’s financial position or guidance for 2013.Press Release, December 06, 2013; Image: Bluewater
UK: A steel bridge 71 m long and weighing 1 200 tonnes was positioned across Borough High Street in central London on April 29-May 1. It forms part of a 507 m viaduct being built to remove a major rail bottleneck at the west end of London Bridge station.Network Rail said finding space has been a challenge, and in some places the viaduct is just 160 mm from existing buildings. ‘A project of this scale taking place in such a heavily built-up area required outstanding planning and innovation’, said Project Director Martin Jurkowski. ‘Our solution was to build the new bridge on top of the new viaduct, which offered best value for money and minimal disruption’. A complicated operation saw the bridge moved an average of 7 mm/sec using specialist machinery before being lowered into place. The bridge is a significant local landmark and a vintage double-decker bus was positioned to allow local people to observe the works. The £59m viaduct is being built as part of the Thameslink Programme to upgrade the north-south commuter route through central London. The main contractor for the viaduct is Skanska, and the bridge was supplied by Watson Steel.