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Nexen Solitaire oil project gets regulatory approval

North Sea oilfield is expected to produce eight million barrels of oil.


January 18, 2013
by The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Nexen Inc.’s UK subsidiary says it has received regulatory approval to develop its Solitaire oil field in the North Sea.

The project is northeast of the $3.3-billion Golden Eagle development, which is under construction.

Solitaire is expected to produce eight million barrels of oil.

Detailed design and engineering will begin immediately and field installation is expected to begin toward the middle of next year.

First oil from solitaire is expected in 2015.

Nexen is in the final stages of being acquired by Chinese state-owned firm CNOOC Ltd. for $15.1 billion.

©The Canadian Press