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Shell Leman Gas Field in U.K. North Sea Halts Output (Update1)




Shell Leman Gas Field in U.K. North Sea Halts Output (Update1) 

By Ben Farey

July 21 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc stopped output at its North Sea Leman natural-gas field, which supplies fuel to Bacton in eastern England, because of unspecified malfunctions.

“There’s a technical problem associated with Leman,” said Fiona Bayne, a Shell spokeswoman in Aberdeen, Scotland, by phone today. She couldn’t say when the field will resume production.

Gas flows into the Bacton Shell terminal halted at 11:02 a.m. local time yesterday, according to data from National Grid Plc. The terminal received about 7 million cubic meters of gas on July 19.

U.K. natural gas for delivery today increased 4.4 percent to 63.55 pence a therm, according to broker ICAP Plc.

Leman began gas output in 1968 and produced an average of about 1.5 million cubic meters of gas a day in the 12 months through March this year, figures from the U.K.’s Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform show. During that period, the field didn’t produce in five months and had peak output of 3.5 million cubic meters a day in May 2007.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Farey in London at[email protected]

Last Updated: July 21, 2008 05:30 EDT

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