British independent upstream oil and gas company Serica Energy pic announced the commencement of production from the Rhum R3 well. First production from the well was achieved on 23 August and since then work has continued to optimise production rates from the Bruce, Keith and Rhum fields. In the last seven days, gross Rhum production has averaged over 190mmcsf/d of gas and 1,400bbl/d of condensate. This equates to an average gross production in excess of 34,000boe/d for the Rhum field. This compares to a maximum rate of 26,000boe/d immediately prior to the commencement of R3 production. Further work will continue in the coming weeks to optimise and stabilise production and if necessary, we will update our production guidance at the time of the publication of our half year results.Serica has a 50% working interest in the Rhum field.The successful recompletion of R3 has increased the Rhum production capacity utilising the existing facilities located on the Bruce platform. This is in line with Serica's stated objective of reducing the carbon intensity (i.e. CO2 per barrel of oil equivalent) of its production operations.