UPDATE 1-Antrim's 2 fields shut after leak in UK Brent pipeline system

Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:35am EST
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* Production halted at Causeway, Cormorant East fields

* Analyst says impact on Antrim could be minor

* Antrim shares fall as much as 4 percent

By Krithika Krishnamurthy

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Antrim Energy Inc said two of its oil fields in the North Sea went off production following a leak in an oil pumping station that is part of Britain's North Sea Brent pipeline system, sending its shares down 4 percent.

The leak at one of the legs of the Cormorant Alpha platform, operated by Abu Dhabi oil company Taqa, has disrupted production at more than 20 oil fields in the northern North Sea, Antrim said.

Antrim said production was stopped at the Causeway field and the cormorant East field and that all pipeline infrastructure associated with the Cormorant Alpha platform were shut in.

Calgary-based Antrim has a 35.5 percent stake in the Causeway field, which produced an average of 4,800 barrels of oil per day (bpd) in November. Britain's Valiant Petroleum Plc owns the rest of the field and operates it.   Continued...