BP to develop two satellite fields in North Sea

11 April 2018 (Last Updated July 27th, 2020 13:53)

BP has announced plans to develop two new satellite fields in the North Sea that are expected to produce 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day (boed) at peak production.

BP has announced plans to develop two new satellite fields in the North Sea that are expected to produce 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day (boed) at peak production.

Since the two fields, Aligin and Vlorlich, are located close to existing infrastructure, they can be quickly developed through established offshore hubs.

Alligin is a two-well development located west of Shetland. It will be tied back to BP’s Glen Lyon floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

Vorlich is also a two-well development located in the central North Sea. It will be tied back to the Ithaca Energy-operated FPF-1 floating production facility at the centre of Ithaca’s Greater Stella Area production hub.

The two fields are expected to become operational in 2020.

BP also has awarded a major contract to Subsea 7 for the Alligin development. Under this contract, Subsea 7 will provide project management, engineering, procurement and construction services for the subsea pipelines.

“Since the two fields, Alligin and Vorlich, are located close to existing infrastructure, they can be quickly developed through established offshore hubs.”

Subsea 7 expects to deliver the contract from its Aberdeen location. Offshore activities are expected to become under way next year.

Meanwhile, BP has submitted its Environmental Statement for the Vorlich development to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It is currently finalising its contracting strategy for this development.

Incoming BP North Sea regional president Ariel Flores said: “Through our Alligin and Vorlich developments we are simplifying and accelerating the stages of delivery to improve project cycle time, reduce costs and, importantly, add new production to our North Sea portfolio.”

BP is the operator in the Alligin field with a 50% stake, while the remaining interest is held by Shell. It is a 20-million-barrel recoverable oil field in the Greater Schiehallion Area, around 140km west of Shetland.

BP has a 66% stake and operatorship in the Vorlich field, while Ithaca Energy has a 34% stake.

The field will recover more than 30 million barrels of oil equivalent and is located approximately 241km east of Aberdeen.