The Glen Lyon – the new production and storage ship built in South Korea – has set sail for the new 450 million barrel Quad204 development in the North Sea.
She measures 270 metres long by 52 metres wide and will be able to process and export up to 130,000 barrels of oil a day and store up to 800,000 barrels.
The ship is a key element in the multi-billion pound Quad204 project, which is re-developing the Schiehallion and Loyal fields to extending its working life to 2035 and possibly beyond.
Schiehallion and Loyal have produced nearly 400 million barrels of oil since production started in 1998. The Quad204 development aims to access the remaining estimated 450 million barrels of resource still available.
The project involves connecting and commissioning the new FPSO, the drilling of several new production and injection wells, and upgrading the subsea (seabed) pipeline, manifold and wellhead infrastructure that will enable the full development of the reserves.
BP continues to award contracts for this major project, with almost £45 million of business recently granted to UK-based companies to provide services and equipment for the Glen Lyon, including the following contracts: –
- £29 million for Amec Foster Wheeler for FPSO hook-up and commissioning support
- £6 million for Emerson Process Management for commissioning and support for an integrated controls safety system
- £2.9 million for Cape scaffolding services
- £2.6 million for Enermech winch engineering and associated operations and materials
- £2 million for qedi electrical and instrumentation technicians
- £250,000 for Asco warehousing
- £200,000 for Oceaneering umbilical hook-up and commissioning services.
Trevor Garlick, Regional President for BP North Sea, said: “This important milestone is consistent with our strategy to sustain a competitive, high quality business in the North Sea.
“The Schiehallion and Loyal oil fields are established assets with a strong future and through this investment, we and our co-venturers Shell and OMV are taking some significant steps to maximise the greater potential we now see in these fields.”