BP gets go-ahead for North Sea subsea tieback
BP has received approval from the Oil and Gas Authority to proceed with the Vorlich development in the central North Sea.
Vorlich, a two-well development about 241 km (150 mi) east of Aberdeen, will be tied back to theIthaca Energy-operated FPF-1 semisubmersible production platform, which lies at the center of Greater Stella Area hub. Ithaca has a 34% interest in Vorlich.
The field will target 30 MMboe and is expected to produce 20,000 boe/d at peak. The field is expected to come onstream in 2020.
According to BP, the £200-million ($262-million) project is part of a program of North Sea subsea tieback developments that seek to access new production from fields located near established producing infrastructure.
Scott Robertson, Central North Sea Area Manager at the OGA, said: “… The field will make an important contribution to our Maximising Economic Recovery UK priority as a valuable tieback utilizing existing infrastructure and by maximizing value from the Greater Stella Area hub.”