Maersk Oil and its co-venturers have secured an ultra high pressure, high temperature (uHPHT) cluster area allowance for the Culzean development, UK North Sea.
Culzean is a uHPHT field, discovered in 2008, in Block 22/25 of the UK Central North Sea at a water depth of about 88m.
The field is expected to have a peak production rate of 400 to 500 million standard cubic feet per day.
Maersk Oil UK operates the project with a 49.99% interest, while JX Nippon and Britoil (BP) own 34.01% and 16% stakes, respectively.
The final investment decision on the project is expected to be announced in 2015 with the overall development expected to cost more than £3bn.
Upon completion, the field is expected to provide about 5% of the UK’s total gas consumption by 2020 / 2021.
Commenting on the uHPHT cluster area allowance, Maersk Oil CEO Jakob Thomasen said: "The allowance supports Culzean’s development – an important contributor to the UK’s future energy security – and also the potential creation of a new development cluster in the surrounding region.
"The design of the allowance can undoubtedly play a part in continuing to encourage companies such as Maersk Oil and its co-venturers to maximise recovery from the UK Continental Shelf."
The field development includes a series of bridge-linked platforms comprising a 12-slot wellhead platform (WHP), central processing facility and living quarters to accommodate up to 100 people.
Heerema Hartlepool is providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the project’s WHP jacket.
Image: The Culzean uHPHT field was discovered in 2008 in Block 22/25 of the UK Central North Sea. Photo: courtesy of KBR Training Solutions.