The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has authorised an extension to BP’s use of its platform on the Tambar oil field, located in the North Sea.
This approval, which extends the use of the platform to 2022, coincides with the expiry of production licence 065.
“The lifetime was set at 15 years in the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO), which is up to 15 July 2016,” NPD said in a statement.
BP Gets North Sea Tambar Extension
Under the agreement, BP will now be able to use the facility on the Tambar field until 1 January 2022.
The Tambar oil field is located in the southern part of the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, approximately 16 kilometres (9.94 miles) southeast of the Ula field.
The field was developed through the use of a remote-controlled wellhead facility without process equipment and is produced with depressurisation.
The remote facility is unmanned, albeit with the capacity to accommodate 12 people.
The oil produced from the field will be carried to the Ula field via pipeline and after being processed, it will be exported to Teesside through Ekofisk.
Additionally, gas will be injected in the Ula reservoir to increase oil recovery.
Tambar To Produce 4,100 bpd
This year, BP estimates the Tambar field will produce 4,100 barrels per day (bpd) of oil, 111 million cubic metres of gas, and 200 barrels per day of natural gas liquids (NGL).
BP discovered oil in the field in 2007, and it has been in production since then.
In the end of April, the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) conducted an audit on the Tambar field, following BP’s application for operating life extension for the field.
At the time, no non-conformities were found, although several improvement points were identified.
Production licence 065 is operated by BP Norge, with an ownership interest of 55%, while DONG E&P Norge holds a 45% interest.