Neptune Energy has achieved first oil production at its Romerberg-6 well in Germany, the UK independent announced on Monday.

The site is the sixth oil well Neptune has brought into operation at the southern German field, located near Speyer in the Rhineland-Palatinate region.

Initial production tests indicate flow rates of up to 1800 barrels of oil equivalent per day, with the company expecting the Romerberg-6 output to add to Neptune’s existing production in the Rhine Valley.

The field’s first wells started producing in 2008, with output at the asset now totalling about 3,700 boepd.

Neptune produced total output of 130,000 boepd in 2021 across its operations in Europe, North Africa and Asia Pacific.

Germany accounted for 14% of the group’s total production, or 18,800 boepd between dry gas and liquid, according Neptune’s website.

Neptune managing director in Germany Andreas Scheck said the company is “committed to further developing the Romerberg oil field and to increasing production capacity over the coming years”.

Last October, the country’s mining authority granted approval for Neptune to increase the production limit at Romerberg.

Neptune plans to invest in surface facilities to support higher output and reduce flaring-related emissions.

In a separate development last week, Neptune and Oslo-listed Horisont Energi selected a location for the onshore carbon dioxide terminal for the Errai carbon capture and storage project in Norway, which is due online in 2026.