Energy Reporter, 13th August 2013
BP has taken a substantial step towards the launch of the second phase of its massive Clair Ridge project off Shetland after installing the platform jackets.
The £4.5billion field will eventually consist of two new bridge-linked platforms, along with pipeline infrastructure to connect the field to Shetland for processing.
The field, the first large scale enhanced oil recovery scheme, is expected to produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil a day, with a total estimate of 640million over its 40-year lifespan.
“Less than two years ago we announced our decision to invest in the giant Clair Ridge project,” said regional president Trevor Garlick.
“The safe installation of the two jackets in to the sea bed is a fantastic achievement by the project team, and is a very visible sign of our commitment to maintaining a successful long term business in the UK.”
Watch video of the jackets being installed below
The next stage of work on the field, 75km west of Shetland, will be installation of topsides in 2015 before the field begins production the following year.
The first phase of the field has already produced around 90million boed, and is due to continue for a further 15 years.
See the installation work in our gallery below