Forties Blend Quality

The information provided herein is for information only and does not affect the rights or obligations of any party pursuant to applicable FPS Transportation and Processing Agreements or other agreements. The information provided herein is given in good faith but its accuracy is not warranted and BP Exploration Operating Company Limited and its affiliates will have no liability to any party arising out of or in connection with the provision of such information or any party's reliance upon it regardless or any negligence or breach of duty of BP Exploration Operating Company Limited or its affiliates. 

Forties Blend crude oil changed in quality at the beginning of 2007 when crude oil from the Buzzard field began production through the FPS system. Although there are over seventy other fields making up Forties Blend, Buzzard is now the largest component field and it has altered the hydrocarbon characteristics of the Blend. 

A detailed assay for Forties Blend is published on www.bpcrudes.com and can be accessed using the following link: 

Forties Blend Assay

Buzzard is a medium gravity, sour crude with an API of 32.6ยบ and a whole crude sulphur level of 1.44% wt. Distillation of the crude produces a yield structure similar to the Urals Blend exported to North West Europe. Buzzard is sour but is not otherwise poor in quality. The acidity is low with a Total Acid Number of 0.09 mgKOH/g. The pour point is + 6 degrees C and the metals levels reasonably low at 4.8 ppm wt nickel and 13.8 ppm wt vanadium. 

We have based the information in this release on Buzzard assay data provided by Nexen, the Buzzard Operator, from appraisal wells drilled some time ago. As updated Buzzard assay data may become available and when such data has been provided to BP, we will update the information in the release accordingly. However indications to date are that production from the Buzzard field is consistent with the original assay. 

The table below shows a prediction of the proportion of Buzzard oil in Forties Blend over the following 4 months.
 
We have prepared this using the information provided by Field Operators which BP has not overviewed. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information but it does represent the best information made available to the FPS operator by Field Operators.
Date
Buzzard
Forties Blend unstabilised crude oil (thousands of barrels per day) 
October 2017
33.8%
449.1
November 2017
31.4%
473.1
December 2017
30.9%
472.2
January 2018
32.8%
436.3
FPS will endeavour to update the above information on a monthly basis. Please note that the Forties Blend is now showing unstabilised crude oil mbpd instead of stabilised crude oil, as the Buzzard % was taken in relation to unstabilised SCO. 

The following table can be used to estimate the approximate properties of Forties Blend based on the content of Buzzard Crude: 
Buzzard % vol
API
Sul (%wt)
0%
44
0.27%
5%
43.2
0.34%
10%
42.4
0.41%
15%
41.7
0.48%
20%
41
0.55%
25%
40.3
0.62%
30%
39.6
0.68%
35%
39
0.75%
40%
38.4
0.81%
45%
37.8
0.87%
50%
37.2
0.93%
55%
36.7
0.99%
60%
36.2
1.05%
The above table has been reviewed, May 2017
The proportion of Buzzard oil entering the FPS System for 2017 is shown below:
Week no.
Actual % Buzzard
1Q 2017
1
2 January to 8 January
31%
2
9 January to 15 January
32%
3
16 January to 22 January
33%
4
23 January to 29 January
30%
5
30 January to 5 February
32%
6
6 February to 12 February
32%
7
13 February to 19 February
34%
8
20 February to 26 February
33%
9
27 February to 5 March
32%
10
6 March to 12 March
31%
11
13 March to 19 March
33%
12
20 March to 26 March
36%
13
27 March to 2 April
39%
2Q 2017
14
3 April to 9 April
20%
15
10 April to 16 April
35%
16
17 April to 23 April
32%
17
24 April to 30 April
28%
18
1 May to 7 May
32%
19
8 May to 14 May
31%
20
15 May to 21 May
33%
21
22 May to 28 May
35%
22
29 May to 4 June
32%
23
5 June to 11 June
34%
24
12 June to 18 June
34%
25
19 June to 25 June
30%
26
26 June to 2 July
31%
3Q 2017
27
3 July to 9 July
30%
28
10 July to 16 July
33%
29
17 July to 23 July
33%
30
24 July to 30 July
22%
31
31 July to 6 August
51%
32
7 August to 13 August
55%
33
14 August to 20 August
44%
34
21 August to 27 August
44%
35
28 August to 3 September
40%
36
4 September to 10 September
40%
37
11 September to 17 September
40%
38
18 September to 24 September
36%
39
26 September to 1 October
32%
4Q 2017
40
2 October to 8 October
33%
FPS will endeavour to update the above information on a weekly basis. To view previous quarters for 2010 to 2016 please use the links below: