Clair Ridge

BP has completed installation of new quarters and utilities (QU) topside modules on Clair Ridge project, an investment in the second phase of development on the Clair field, 75km west of the Shetland Islands.

ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Shell are co-partners in the project.

The QU platform comprises three modules, comprising the quarters and utilities integrated deck (QUID), the power generation (GM), and living quarters (LQ).

According to BP, the project will have two new bridge-linked platforms as well as new pipeline infrastructure that would link storage and redelivery facilities on Shetland.

During the project’s next phase for mid-2016, the companies will install the production and drilling (DP) platform topside modules.

Production is expected to begin in late-2017.

BP North Sea business regional president Trevor Garlick said: "The safe installation of these three topside modules is a fantastic achievement by the project team.

"In a challenging time for the industry, this project shows the potential of our basin and why it is so important that we work to ensure a competitive future business."

With a capacity to produce about 640 million barrels of oil over a 40-year period, the Clair Ridge development is expected to have a peak production up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day.

Image: BP, and its co-venturers, ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Shell completed installation of Clair Ridge topside modules. Photo: courtesy of BP plc.