BP and partners choose single steel platform for Shetland Clair field

Jul 31, 2000 02:00 AM

Operator BP and partners have chosen a single steel platform as their preferred option for the development of the west of Shetland Clair field. But it is understood that they have yet to convince the Health and Safety Executive that this is the best way forward for the large but highly complex field, which has been under development consideration for many years.
The HSE, having expressed west of Shetland safety concerns in the past, is said to favour a twin bridge-lined steel concept. The alternative concrete platform option has now been ruled out as field partners push towards the award of a FEED contract and look at possible pipeline or offshore tanker loading alternatives for crude export. Sullom Voe or Flotta represent the likely choice for pipelines.

Discovered by Exxon well 206/12-1 in August 1972, Clair is still regarded as 'highly marginal' despite extensive drilling to establish that reserves spread over five blocks - 206/7a, 206/8, 206/9a, 206/12 and 206/13a. An extended well test on appraisal 206/8-10, in 1996, achieved 18,000 bpd and total production of 500,000 barrels.
The quest to lower the development cost base has been another major issue for partners and latest indications are that the US Gulf of Mexico will produced the required 'model' to push Clair forward for development approval, probably in April of next year.
Mustang Engineering, Houston, the company about to be acquired for £ 75 mm by the Aberdeen-based John Wood Group, has been carrying out preliminary engineering studies.

Source: Energy24
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