Ineos Oil and Gas UK and Spirit Energy have completed an $80m project to re-route gas production from the Clipper South field in the southern part of the UK North Sea in the Sole Pit area.
The project involved the installation of a new pipeline, subsea infrastructure and processing equipment to redirect production from the Clipper South field.
The partners undertook the project as ConocoPhillips shut down operations at the existing Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal last month.
Ineos noted that the new subsea pipeline will now transport production from the Clipper South field to the Shell-operated Clipper platform and onwards for processing at the latter’s Bacton terminal in Norfolk.
Ineos Oil and Gas UK CEO David Brooks said: “The completion of the project is another example of Ineos’ commitment to our oil and gas business and supports the government’s strategy to maximise economic recovery of gas from the North Sea. It is a great achievement for our business and has been made possible through our project team’s hard work and dedication.”
The new investment is expected to extend the life of the Clipper South field.
Oil and Gas Authority Southern North Sea area manager Eric Marston said: “The re-development and re-routing of the gas pipeline showed great adaptability and resolve to extend the life of the Clipper Field.”
Shell will deliver gas from the Clipper South field to the UK’s national grid. Last year, a £300m rejuvenation project at the Bacton gas terminal increased its gas handling capacity.
The company is remotely operating the field under a commercial agreement with Ineos and Spirit Energy.