Thames Gas Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: Tullow
  • Country: UK
  • Location: 049/28, Southern North Sea
  • Production start: 1986
  • Partners:
  • Type: Gas
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume:



  • The Thames platform was constructed by Odebrecht Oil & Gas Services, based on their existing Sea Harvester design.
  • Other key contracts included installation by Seaway Heavy Lift, pipe and umbilical lay by Stolt Comex Seaway, subsea trees by Vetco Gray, control systems by FSSL, and protective structures by AMEC Offshore.
  • Development drilling was conducted by Rowan Drilling
  • Saipem: Pipeline installation
  • Stolt Offshore: Arthur pipeline installation


  • 1973 - The Thames Field is discovered
  • 1985 - Development approval awarded
  • 1986 - First gas is produced
  • 2001 - BP sells ARCO's share of the field to Tullow
  • 2003 - Tullow acquires a 23.33% stake from ENI
  • 2004 - Arthur Gas Field development approved


  • The reservoir is made up predominantly of aeolian dune sandstones of the Rotliegendes Leman Sandstone Formation. The fields lie on the upthrown side of NW-SE-trending fault blocks in the central part of Block 49/28


  1. UK Oil and Gas Fields by Approval Date
  2. List Of Oil and Gas Production Platforms In The UK
  3. FoundOcean Europe Subsea References
  4. Saipem Pipeline References
  5. Serimax Europe Pipeline References
  6. BP Fulfils EC Undertaking With Gas Sale To Tullow Oil
  7. Tullow Oil proposes to acquire additional equity in the Thames gas fields from Eni
  8. Two New Gas Reservoirs for Thames Complex
  9. The Thames, Yare and Bure Fields, Block 49/28, UK North Sea

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