Ithaca Energy has taken another step towards developing the Harrier field in the central North Sea.
Harrier is part of Ithaca’s Greater Stella Area development, which could produce more than 30million barrels of oil.
Ithaca, taken over by Israeli firm Delek last year, announced the start of production from the Stella field a year ago.
It has now applied to the Oil and Gas Authority to for permission to construct pipelines connecting Harrier to the Stella main drill centre manifold, 4.5 miles away, for onward export to the FPF-1 vessel.
Development drilling on the Harrier field commenced in April 2017.
Production is expected to start in the second half of 2018.
Ithaca holds the operatorship and 54.66% of the Stella and Harrier fields.
Dyas owns 25.34% and Petrofac has 20%.