ConocoPhillips in unplanned UK outage

ConocoPhillips has suffered an unplanned outage at its J-Block group of gas fields in the UK sector of the North Sea on Thursday.

Information released from the US giant shows that this is the third such outage on the block in the past week.

An investigation is under way after the latest outage on Thursday on the block that hosts the Jasmine, Judy, Joanne and Jade develoments.

The outage is said to have occured at around 2:30pm local time.

It is not known which of the fields has been affected by the outage, or how long it is expected to last.

The cause of the outage was also not revealed.

A spokesperson for ConocoPhillips in the UK said the company does not discuss operational issues with the media.

The company's regulatory statement on the issue on Thursday showed that the block has also suffered unplanned outages on 22 and 24 of this month.

ConocoPhillips has pencilled in a planned outage on the J-Block for Sunday morning. It is set to be out of action for two weeks.

The J-Block was awarded to ConocoPhillips in 1964.

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