Shell today confirmed that it will apply to increase production from the North Sea Shearwater field.
The oil major wants to drill three new sidetrack wells which would come online in 2017.
But Shell needs to get approval because output from the new wells would cause the licence’s production limit to be exceeded.
The company has sent a revised environmental statement to the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis) to support its application.
A spokesperson for Shell said: “We can confirm that an environmental statement has been submitted to Beis in support of a forthcoming production consent increase application to be made to the Oil and Gas Authority for the Shearwater field in the Central North Sea.”
Interested parties have 28 days to make any concerns known as part of the consultation process.
Shearwater is located about 140 miles south-east of Peterhead.
Liquids are transported from the platform to Cruden Bay via the Forties pipeline.