Sable Island Nova Scotia gas project to undergo month-long work


Oct 9 (Reuters) - The Sable Offshore Energy Project, off thecoast of Nova Scotia, will undergo month-long maintenancestarting Oct. 25, with natural gas flows from the site reducedto the Maritimes pipeline system, the Spectra Energy Corp units said on Wednesday.

Natural gas flows to the Maritimes U.S. and Maritimes Canadapipelines will be reduced to 125,000 dekatherms (125 millioncubic feet) per day, the units said in separate websitepostings.

The Sable project, operated by Exxon Mobil Corp, hadbeen capable of producing between 400 million and 500 millioncubic feet of natural gas and 20,000 barrels of natural gasliquids per day. Production has been in natural decline inrecent years, with recent volume closer to 200 mmcf per day,according to Exxon.

The project is owned by Exxon, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Imperial Oil Ltd, Pengrowth Energy Corp and Mosbacher Operating Ltd.

Spectra is the majority owner in the Maritimes & NortheastPipeline system, with Emera Inc and Exxon as minorityowners. The system brings offshore, onshore and LNG-sourcednatural gas from the Sable project in Atlantic Canada to NorthAmerican markets.

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