CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Antrim's oilfields shut after leak in UK Brent pipeline system

Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:36pm EST
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(Corrects paragraph 8 to say oil prices hit a high of $110.84, not $111)

* Production halted at Causeway, Cormorant East fields

* Analyst estimates production could be halted by a week

* Antrim shares fall as much as 4 percent

By Krithika Krishnamurthy

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Antrim Energy Inc said production was halted at its only producing oilfields in the North Sea 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 oilfields 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 was shut in.

Analyst Ryan Galloway of Casimir Capital Ltd said production at the two oilfields could be down for at least a week.   Continued...