BP has produced first-oil from the redeveloped Schiehallion Area, following completion of the multi-billion-pound Quad 204 project in the west of Shetland region.
Schiehallion and the adjacent Loyal fields were first developed in the mid-1990s and have produced nearly 400 million barrels of oil since production started in 1998.
With the fields’ redevelopment through the Quad 204 project, BP and co-venturers Shell and Siccar Point Energy expect to unlock a further estimated 450 million barrels of resources, extending the life of the fields to 2035 and beyond.
Production from the project is expected to ramp up over the next six months to a plateau level of 130,000 barrels of oil per day.
The project has included the construction and installation of the world’s largest harsh water floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel – the ‘Glen Lyon’ – a major upgrade and replacement of subsea facilities and a continuous drilling programme of up to 20 new wells to enable the full development of the reserves.
Measuring 270 metres in length, the Glen Lyon weighs around 100,000 tonnes and can accommodate up to 140 people
Meanwhile, BP is planning to double its North Sea production to 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day (boe/d) by 2020 and sustain a material business in the region for several decades.
Production from the new Clair Ridge major project is expected next year. Over the next 18 months, BP plans to participate in up to five exploration wells in the UK, in addition to drilling approximately 50 development wells over the next four years.
Bob Dudley, BP Chief Executive, said: “The start of production from Quad 204 – one of the largest recent investments in the UK – is an important milestone for BP, marking a return to growth for our North Sea business.”
Mark Thomas, Regional President, BP North Sea, added: “In safely delivering first oil from the Quad 204 project, we have succeeded in one of the largest ever UK mid-life offshore redevelopments.
“BP has developed a strong track record of finding, developing and operating big offshore oil resources west of Shetland – we have and will continue to use the latest technology to maximise recovery from the Schiehallion Area.”
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