Apache wins approval for Forties tieback

UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry has approved Apache North Sea’s development plan for the 18 MMboe Bacchus oil and gas field.

Offshore staff

LONDON -- UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry has approved Apache North Sea’s development plan for the 18 MMboe Bacchus oil and gas field.

Bacchus will be developed using three horizontal subsea production wells connected via a manifold and pipeline bundle to the Forties Alpha platform. Apache operates with 70%, in partnership with Shell UK (20%) and Endeavour Energy (10%).

“Bacchus, along with our Maule discovery, are examples of fields that can be developed economically, utilizing existing infrastructure at Apache’s Forties field,” said James House, Apache North Sea managing director:

Hendry also announced a record response to the UK’s latest licensing round, with bids received for 356 offshore blocks. This is the largest number of applications since the first licensing round was launched in 1964.

06/28/2010

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