AMEC to support UPB on North Sea oil production buoys

Unmanned Production Buoy (UPB) has signed a memorandum of understanding with AMEC to provide engineering, procurement, and construction management and support services for UPB’s first three unmanned oil production platforms designed to serve six oil fields offshore northwest Europe.

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BANCHORY, UKUnmanned Production Buoy (UPB) has signed a memorandum of understanding with AMEC to provide engineering, procurement, and construction management and support services for UPB’s first three unmanned oil production platforms designed to serve six oil fields offshore northwest Europe.

Total cost is estimated at $1.2 billion.

One project is a redevelopment of the decommissioned Angus and Fife fields in the UK centralNorth Sea, formerly operated by Hess. These were awarded to UPB along with the Fergus and Flora fields under the UK’s 27th offshore license round.

The UPB system, designed to be reusable, is targeted at marginal offshore oil fields with recoverable reserves of 2-15 MMbbl. The company expects the first commercial units to come onstream in 2016, with the first three units deployed on fields offshore the UK, Ireland, and Denmark.

The system expands on the concept of an unmanned buoy, currently used offshore for utilities, power generation, and control of remote wells, by adding processing and hydrocarbon storage.

These capabilities are based on proven technologies used onshore, to create a production system claimed to be economic for offshore fields with daily production rates of less than 5,000 b/d.

10/07/2013

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