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BP has been operating in the North Sea for more than 50 years and we plan to be here for many decades to come. Our vision is to be the best upstream business in the North Sea; the safest, most reliable and competitive operator and a trusted partner in the community

What we do

Aberdeen is home to our North Sea headquarters, covering offshore operations on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS). Our activity set in the North Sea spans the entire industry life-cycle, from access and exploration, through resource appraisal, drilling, commissioning, production and decommissioning.

We are a significant employer in the region and are proud of the work our people do to constantly push new frontiers.

Last year marked another major milestone in BP’s long history in this region with first oil from our Clair Ridge project. Targeting 640 million barrels of recoverable resources through two new bridge-linked platforms, Clair Ridge is the multi-billion-pound second phase development of the giant Clair field to the west of Shetland.

This year we are excited to be a part of another major project in the North Sea, the non-operated Culzean development in which we have a 32% interest having doubled our stake in 2016. Culzean is the largest UK gas field to be sanctioned for quarter of a century and is expected to produce into the mid-2030s, supplying 5% of total UK gas demand.

In 2019 we will also continue our strategy to tap into smaller fields that can be rapidly developed through established offshore hubs. Our Alligin and Vorlich fields are two such developments and are expected to produce 30,000 barrels gross of oil equivalent a day at peak production.

Seagull is another of our rapid tiebacks, a high pressure, high temperature development located in the central North Sea, just south of our ETAP hub. 

This new activity, combined with safe and reliable operations from our other core hubs in the central North Sea and west of Shetland, will help drive forward our ambitions to grow our North Sea production. It also further highlights BP’s continued commitment to this important region.


Building our future

We have an exciting set of future investment and renewal opportunities which will sustain a material UK business for BP for many years to come.

Our intent is to maintain a healthy capital investment programme to sustain our production growth.

In 2019, we committed to the non-operated Seagull development in the central North Sea (BP ownership share 50%).

Seagull is a high pressure, high temperature development located in the central North Sea, 17 kilometres south of the ETAP Central Processing Facility (CPF). It will be tied back to the ETAP CPF partially using existing subsea infrastructure.

This is part of BP’s strategy in the North Sea to develop fields that will maximise value from existing infrastructure.

Seagull, like our Vorlich and Alligin developments, will have a shorter project cycle from development to production, allowing us to bring on important new production quicker. 

Along with our partners, we are exploring options for a possible third phase of development of the Clair field.

Our subsea tiebacks complement our major projects start-ups and will play an important role in building BP’s future in the North Sea.