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BP to develop two new fields in the North Sea

Release date: 18 April 2018

BP is set to quickly develop two new oil fields in the UK North Sea which are expected to produce 30,000 barrels gross of oil equivalent a day at peak production
Glen Lyon floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel

BP is set to quickly develop two new oil fields in the UK North Sea which are expected to produce 30,000 barrels gross of oil equivalent a day at peak production.

Alligin and Vorlich are satellite fields located near to existing infrastructure meaning they can be rapidly developed through established offshore hubs.

Alligin, a two-well development west of Shetland, will be tied back to BP’s Glen Lyon floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

Vorlich, in the central North Sea and also a two-well development, will be tied back to the Ithaca Energy-operated FPF-1 floating production facility, which lies at the centre of Ithaca’s Greater Stella Area production hub.

Both fields are expected to come on stream in 2020.

 

'Record investment by BP in the North Sea'

Map of the Alligin and Vorlich fields in the North Sea

Map of the Alligin and Vorlich fields in the North Sea

Through our Alligin and Vorlich developments we are simplifying and accelerating the stages of delivery to improve project cycle time, reduce costs and, importantly, add new production to our North Sea portfolio. These projects follow on from a period of record investment by BP in the North Sea which helped deliver our Quad 204 project last year and will deliver our Clair Ridge project which is planned to start up later in 2018. While not on the same scale as Quad 204 and Clair Ridge, Alligin and Vorlich will lead to significant production gains and further demonstrate BP’s commitment to the North Sea.
Ariel FloresBP North Sea Regional President

 

Project management, engineering, procurement and construction services for the subsea pipelines connecting the Alligin field to Glen Lyon will be delivered by Subsea 7, from its Aberdeen base. Offshore activities are expected to get underway in 2019.

Meanwhile, BP has submitted its environmental statement for the Vorlich development to the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is finalising its contracting strategy for the development.

 

Alligin (BP 50% operator; Shell 50%) is a 20 million barrel recoverable oil field in the Greater Schiehallion Area, located approximately 140 kilometres west of Shetland Vorlich (BP 66% operator; Ithaca 34%) is expected to recover over 30 million barrels of oil equivalent and is located approximately 241 kilometres east of Aberdeen.

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