BP Installs Multi Billion Pound Clair Ridge Topsides

Published at 09:48AM - 26/06/15

BP has announced that the initial topside modules in its multi-billion pound Clair Ridge project have been safely installed.

The West of Shetland Clair Ridge is being developed in a joint venture between majors BP, ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Shell, in the west of Shetland basin, around 75 km off the west Shetland coast..

The first modules to be installed made up the topsides for the quarters and utilities (QU) platform. Consisting of three modules, the QU modules included the ‘Quarters and Integrated Deck’ (QUID), weighing 9,400te; the platform’s power generation module (GM) weighing 4,550te and the platforms living quarters module (LQ) weighing 2,210te. 

All  three modules were installed by the Heerema’s heavy lift vessel the Heerema Thialf.   

The Clair Ridge project is being seen by some as a flagship for BP’s European operations, and a way for BP to show their long term commitment to operating in the UKCS.  The tendering process ensured the majority of all contracts for the engineering and construction were signed by UK companies.

BP claims that Clair Ridge has created over 600 jobs across 80 UK companies over the course of the engineering, construction and hookup phases. 

The next phase of development for Clair Ridge is to install the modules to bridge linked drilling platform (DP).  Currently this is scheduled for summer 2016, with the platform coming on stream in late 2017.

Clair Ridge has been designed for an operational life of 40 years.  Over that time the platform will produce around 640 million barrels of oil, with a daily production peak of 120,000 barrels of oil.

The West of Shetland Clair Ridge is being developed in a joint venture between majors BP 27%, ConocoPhillips 24%, Chevron 19% and Shell 9%, Enterprise Oil 18% and Brit Oil 1% in the west of Shetland basin