Sillimanite, discovered in June 2015, extends across the UK and the Dutch continental shelves and is around 200 km (124 mi) from the coast of Den Helder.
For the second time the company recycled the topsides originally built for the P14-A platform in the Dutch sector, which had originally been reconditioned for the E18-A platform (recently decommissioned), for the new project. The latest development took 16 months to complete from project sanction.
Activity at Sillimanite will be monitored from the company’s remote-control operations center in Den Helder.
Next up for Wintershall Noordzee will be the Rembrandt/Vermeer oilfield developments in the Dutch North Sea.
For Vermeer, the company plans an integrated wellhead, process, utility and living quarters platform over a subsea storage tank, offloading production to shuttle tankers will be built. Rembrandt will feature a normally unmanned wellhead platform with minimal facilities: in both cases a final investment decision should follow later this year.
In addition, the company is assessing development potential at the Greater Ravn Area in the Danish North Sea.