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Clair Ridge

Clair Ridge is the second phase development of the giant Clair field, located 75 kilometres west of the Shetland Islands

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.


Clair Ridge is designed to continue producing until 2050.


We are continuing our appraisal drilling programme in the Clair field to help define a possible third phase of development.