BP has taken its first oil from the Clair Ridge mega-project in the U.K. North Sea in a ‘major milestone’ that is the culmination of many years of work.
Clair Ridge, the second phase of the development of the Clair Field, 75 km west of Shetland, is one of the biggest developments in the history of the basin, requiring huge investments in new platforms and pipelines in harsh waters west of Shetland.
Clair Ridge is BP’s sixth major project start-up in 2018 following seven last year, which are expected to increase the company’s production by 900K boe/day by 2021. It has an estimated seven billion barrels of hydrocarbons.
According to a press release from the British multinational oil and gas company, two new, bridge-linked platforms and oil and gas export pipelines have been constructed as part of the Clair Ridge project.
The project has been designed to recover an estimated 640 million barrels of oil with production expected to ramp up to a peak at plateau level of 120,000 barrels of oil per day.
A new 14.6-kilometre, six-inch gas export pipeline tying Clair Ridge into the West of Shetland Pipeline Systems (WOSPS) was also installed as part of the project. The WOSPS transports gas from West of Shetland to the Sullom Voe Terminal.
Clair Ridge also features an advanced drill rig which will deliver a drilling program over several years. There are 36 well slots, two of which are being used for the tieback of pre-drilled wells. The drilling program, which is likely to last more than 10 years, includes drilling and completing development wells from the remaining 34 well slots.