* Joint venture values at 1.4 billion pounds
* Field holds significant supply of gas
By Henning Gloystein
LONDON, Aug 7 Britain's 18 billion cubic metre
(bcm) Cygnus gas field in the southern North Sea will be
developed in a 1.4 billion pounds joint venture between GDF Suez
, Centrica and Bayerngas, the UK government
said on Tuesday.
The shallow water field has enough natural gas to provide
around a quarter of Britain's annual gas demand.
The UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said
that the gas of the 18 bcm shallow water Cygnus field in the
southern North Sea was operated by French energy company GDF
SUEZ and extracted together in partnership with Britain's
Centrica and Germany's Bayerngas.
"The North Sea remains a vital source of the nation's energy
security and our expertise is renowned the world over," UK
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey
said in a statement.
"There continues to be significant interest in the annual
licensing rounds. The go-ahead for the Cygnus field is terrific
news, and will contribute substantially to the UK's gas needs
and support thousands of high skilled jobs," he added.
The deal was announced during the British government's
Global Business Summit on Energy that is being held in London on
Monday and Tuesday to promote British business during the
Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The government also announced that energy company BP
was investing 60 million pounds in an International Centre for
Advanced Materials (BP-ICAM) in cooperation with several higher
education institutes such as the University of Manchester.
"Advanced materials and coatings will be vital in finding,
producing and processing energy safely and efficiently in the
years ahead," BP's CEO Bob Dudley said.
"The Government is committed to creating an environment in
which innovation can thrive and businesses can grow," Chancellor
George Osborne said.
"The oil and gas industry's ... industrial capacity and
strength as an exporter are pivotal as we rebalance our
economy," Business Secretary Vince Cable said. "Collaboration
between business and higher education institutions is boosting
the status of the UK as a driver of innovation."