BP to develop tiebacks to two North Sea hubs

BP has committed to two new North Sea developments, which are expected to produce 30,000 boe/d at peak production.

FPSO Glen Lyon
FPSO Glen Lyon

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK– BP has committed to two new North Sea developments, which are expected to produce 30,000 boe/d at peak production.

Alligin and Vorlich are satellite fields located near existing infrastructure that are expected to come onstream in 2020.

Alligin, a two-well development west of Shetland, will be tied back toBP’s FPSOGlen Lyon.

BP has contracted Subsea 7 to provide project management, engineering, procurement, and construction services for the subsea pipelines. The company will deliver the contract from its Aberdeen base. Offshore activities are expected to get under way in 2019.

Alligin (BP 50% operator; Shell 50%) is a 20 MMbbl recoverable oil field in the Greater Schiehallion Area about 140 km (87 mi) west of Shetland.

Vorlich, a two-well development in the UK central North Sea, will be tied back to the Ithaca Energy-operated FPF-1 semisubmersible platform, which lies at the center of Ithaca’s Greater Stella Area production hub.

Vorlich (BP 66% operator; Ithaca Energy 34%) is expected to recover more than 30 MMboe and is located about 241 km (150 mi) east of Aberdeen.

The operator has submitted its environmental statement for the Vorlich development to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and is finalizing its contracting strategy for the project.

Incoming BP North Sea Regional President Ariel Flores said: “BP is working hard to modernize and transform the way we work and a key focus of this is maintaining safety while optimizing the pace at which we deliver activity.

“Through our Alligin and Vorlich developments we are simplifying and accelerating the stages of delivery to improve project cycle time, reduce costs and, importantly, add new production to our North Sea portfolio.

“These projects follow on from a period of record investment by BP in the North Sea which helped deliver ourQuad 204 project last year and will deliver our Clair Ridge project, which is planned to start-up later in 2018.

“While not on the same scale as Quad 204 and Clair Ridge, Alligin and Vorlich will lead to significant production gains and further demonstrate BP’s commitment to theNorth Sea.”


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