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Clair Ridge, North Sea

Completed: 23 November 2018

~45 mboed peak annual average production, net to BP
Clair Ridge, North Sea
“The start-up of Clair Ridge is a culmination of decades of persistence. Clair was the first discovery we made in the West of Shetland area in 1977. But trying to access and produce its seven billion barrels proved very difficult. We had to leverage our technology and ingenuity to successfully bring on the first phase of this development in 2005."
 

Bernard Looney, chief executive, Upstream

The Clair Ridge project develops new resources from the giant Clair field – the largest oilfield on the UK Continental Shelf.

 

The Clair field was discovered in 1977, but challenging reservoir characteristics and the technological limits of the time meant it was 2001 before BP and partners approved a development plan for a first phase of development. Phase One was brought on stream in 2005, targeting approximately 300 million barrels of recoverable reserves. It was the first fixed offshore facility to be installed in the West of Shetland area.

 

To the north of Phase One is Clair Ridge, where BP is targeting 640 million barrels of recoverable resources. The multi-billion-pound investment involves two new bridge-linked platforms, construction of which was completed in 2016. Hook-up and commissioning is now well under way with first oil expected in 2018.

 

Designed to produce until 2050, production capacity is expected to peak at 120,000 barrels per day.

Location UK - North Sea
Operator BP
Partners BP (28.6%), Shell (28%), Conoco Phillips (24%), Chevron (19.4%)
Project type Conventional oil
Peak annual average production
~110 mboed (gross)
~30 mboed (net)
Discover the Clair story

The UK has a major new landmark, and source of energy, with the start-up of the £4.5 billion North Sea project, west of Shetland. Built to withstand giant waves and hurricane force winds, BP Magazine explains why Clair Ridge is made of stern stuff. Discover the people and innovative technology behind Britain’s most technologically advanced oil platform