ABERDEEN, UK – Nexen has received full sanction from its partners for the Buzzard Phase II (BPII) project in the UK central North Sea, and the UK’s Oil and Gas Authority has approved the field development plan.
This allows the project to move into the ‘execute’ stage, following completion in June of the ‘define’ stage, which included front-end engineering design.
An integrated team is working on the project, comprising Nexen Petroleum UK, AGR Well Management, Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), COSL Drilling Europe AS, Subsea 7, and WorleyParsons Services UK under an incentivized, outcome-based commercial model, on-site at Nexen’s Aberdeen office.
The Buzzard platform is 96 km (59.6 mi) northeast of Aberdeen in 96 m (315 ft) of water: BPII will involve a subsea development of the Buzzard field’s northern area (5 km northeast of the existing complex).
The new facilities will comprise a 12-slot manifold (eight slots for production wells and four for water injectors), to be tied back to the field center via a pipeline bundle assembly incorporating pipelines, manifolds, subsea controls, and chemical injection.
In addition, a brownfield module will be installed on the production platform for processing and export through existing pipeline routes.
Nexen is targeting first oil in 1Q 2021. Its partners are Suncor Energy UK, Chrysaor, Dyas EOG, and Oranje-Nassau Energie Resources
BHGE’s Europe President Zvonimir Djerfi said: “Our industry increasingly requires an unconventional approach to the way industry players collaborate to develop projects. This integrated project team is a strong example of this mindset being put into action.
“For Buzzard Phase II we were able to leverage the great work done during the first phase by our subsea business as well as successfully compete in the oilfield services space thanks to the solutions and capabilities of BHGE’s integrated portfolio.
“Our ability to offer a broader solution provides the flexibility needed to make such projects viable and profitable for all parties concerned.”
BHGE will supply oilfield equipment, including six medium-water horizontal subsea trees (production and water injection), wellheads, and subsea and topsides control systems; and oilfield services, including integrated drilling, evaluation, completions, intervention services, and other well-related services.
The company also provided subsea equipment and services for the project’s first phase.”