TAQA takes on Brent System management

TAQA Bratani has become the new operator of the Brent System pipeline and facilities in the UK Northern North Sea.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN -- TAQA Bratani has become the new operator of the Brent System pipeline and facilities in the UK Northern North Sea. TAQA, the UK division of the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, takes over from Shell UK Exploration and Production, which had been the incumbent operator since the mid-1970s.

The Brent System is a partnership between 21 companies which each own a share in the infrastructure. It comprises a portion of the processing systems and structure on the TAQA-operated Cormorant Alpha platform, and the 150-km (93-mi) pipeline connecting Cormorant Alpha to the BP-operated Sullom Voe terminal on Shetland.

Around 100,000 b/d of oil from 20 North Sea fields flows through the Brent System, accounting for around 8% of UK offshore oil production and close to 60% of input at Sullom Voe.

TAQA Bratani’s managing Director Leo Koot says the company has installed new IT and systems infrastructure to prepare for the changeover and liaisons with the various Brent System partners.

Aside from Brent, the company has producing interests in the Brae area and other fields and pipelines in the northern UK sector. It has committed capital expenditure of £500 million ($847 million) over the next three years to its operated assets.

08/04/2009

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