BP has announced that it will start drilling in the Loyal Field in the North Sea, west of Shetland.
Alongside its partners in the Schiehallion co-venture, Royal Dutch Shell and OMV, BP has contracted the newly built semi-submersible, Deepsea Aberdeen to drill in both the Schiehallion and Loyal fields, which are part of the Quad 204 development.
The Deepsea Aberdeen’s first tasks will be to drill two producer wells and one injector well in the Loyal field, before moving to Schiehallion.
Odfjell Drilling, which owns and operates the rig, states it has used its forty years’ experience of drilling in the North Sea to design the Deepsea Aberdeen. A sixth-generation, dual-derrick rig, the vessel is the newest in Odfjell Drilling’s fleet of mobile offshore drilling units. It has been developed to withstand the harsh North Sea environment and to perform ultra-deepwater drilling at depths of up to 3,000 metres. Odfjell Drilling will operate the rig from its office in Aberdeen.
BP’s Regional President, Trevor Garlick said the contract ‘marks an exciting and important milestone for both the Quad 204 project and our wider North Sea business. The drilling campaign not only demonstrates our commitment to the region in what is a challenging time, but will also help maximise production from Schiehallion and Loyal.’
BP plans to drill a total of five wells before first oil is produced at the new Glen Lyon FPSO at the end of 2016. The project signals the start of a seven-year campaign the company is planning for the area.