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Juliet gas field reaches max capacity, GDF Suez says

LONDON, March 13 (UPI) -- French energy company GDF Suez said Thursday its Juliet natural gas field in the North Sea is now producing at its peak rate.

The French company said it started gas production from the second phase of the Juliet field, located about 24 miles off the eastern British coast.

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GDF Suez said Juliet is now producing at its plateau rate of 80 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.

Jean-claude Perdigues, general manager for the British exploration and production division at GDF-Suez, said in a statement Thursday development at Juliet "underpins our commitment" to developing the British continental shelf.

The first gas was produced from the field in January. Gas from North Sea field will be transported through a subsea pipeline to an onshore processing terminal.

The French energy company discovered the North Sea natural gas field in 2008.

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