BP gains consent for phase II Bruce Field

Feb 18, 1997 01:00 AM

Feb. 8, 1997 The British Government has granted consent for development of the second phase of the Bruce gas condensate field in the Northern North Sea to the operator BP Exploration Co Ltd. This second phase consists of a 13-well subsea development of gas condensate reserves in the western area of the Bruce field together with a new gas compression platform to allow re-injection of produced gas. Gas re-injection will allow an Improved Oil Recovery scheme by maintaining pressure in the reservoir. This prevents the liquids from condensing within the reservoir, and is in line with the Government's desire to maximise development of the UK's offshore resources. The subsea well will be tied back to the new platform from which the gas will be exported via the Frigg pipeline system to St Fergus, and the condensate exported via the Forties pipeline to Kinneil.
The Bruce field is located 350 km north east of Aberdeen in 122 metres of water and extends across blocks 9/9a, 9/8a, and 9/9b which were awarded under the 2nd, 4th and 5th licensing rounds. The field was discovered in 1974. Development consent for Phase I was granted in August 1990, production started in 1993. Recoverable reserves are estimated at 728 billion cubic feet of gas and 61 million barrels of hydrocarbon liquids from the western area. This consent is for a four year extension after which future development plans will be considered. First production is expected by October 1998.

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