Talisman Sinopec UK has ferried the Montrose bridge linked platform (BLP) to the Central North Sea to help unlock an additional 100 million barrel of oil equivalent of reserves.

The company confirmed that the BLP topsides has sailed out from the Heerema Fabrication Group’s Zwijndrecht yard for the Montrose field area.

The new platform forms a part of Talisman’s Montrose Area Redevelopment (MAR) project that is expected to extend the life of the Montrose Area fields by at least 13 years, to beyond 2030.

The 8,500t, 75m-long BLP topsides will link the existing Montrose Alpha facility to the new Montrose BLP platform to provide additional process and plant support facilities.

"It adds a completely new facility to our core infrastructure."

Talisman Sinopec Energy UK managing director Bill Dunnett said: "The Montrose area redevelopment is not only one of the biggest capital projects in the UK North Sea this year, but also a tangible demonstration of the long term commitment of our shareholders and partners to the UKCS.

"It adds a completely new facility to our core infrastructure and can be a game-changer for this business, adding significant production and maximising economic recovery from these historic assets for years to come."

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MAR will also see the development of Godwin, Cayley, and Shaw fields, the company said.

In 2013, Heerema started construction of Montrose BLP topsides for client Talisman Sinopec.

The Montrose field lies in Block 22/17 of the UK Continental Shelf, 207km east of Aberdeen in the Central North Sea.

Image: Montrose BLP topsides has sailed out from the Heerema Fabrication Group’s Zwijndrecht yard, 12 miles south of Rotterdam. Photo: courtesy of Talisman Sinopec Energy UK Limited.