Release date: 13 October 2011
BP and its co-venturers ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Shell announced today that approval has been received from the UK Government to proceed with the second phase of development of the giant Clair field, located to the west of the Shetland Islands.
The development – called Clair Ridge – will involve the construction and installation of two new, bridge-linked platforms, scheduled to be installed in 2015 with production expected to commence in 2016. The new facilities are being designed for 40 years of production and will require a total capital investment of circa £4.5 billion.
The new development will have the capability to produce an estimated 640 million barrels of oil and will provide a hub for future expansion, subject to further appraisal. Peak production is expected to be up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day.
Trevor Garlick, Regional President for BP’s North Sea business said: “The Clair field is an established, high quality asset with a strong future and with our co-venturers we are taking significant steps to maximise its potential.”
Clair Ridge will be developed using the latest technology. To reduce the environmental impact of the project, the platforms will be powered using dual-fuel power generators, incorporating waste heat recovery technology. Vapour recovery will also be used to capture and recycle low pressure gas for use as fuel or for exporting to shore.
The project will also include the world’s first offshore full field deployment of LoSal* enhanced oil recovery technology to modify the salinity of water injected into the reservoir and increase the recovery of oil.
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