First Offshore Oil From North Sea Cladhan Field

Published at 11:54AM - 29/12/15

First offshore oil has been achieved from TAQA’s new offshore, Cladhan Field, in the UK sector of the northern North Sea.

The Abu Dhabi state run energy company announced the news Tuesday (29th), stating the offshore development is the companies third and largest to date.

Cladhan Field

The Cladhan Field, is a subsea development, located approximately 62 miles (100km) north east of the Shetland Islands, and is expected to produce at a rate of 17,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Cladhan is tied-back subsea to the TAQA operated Tern Platform, which pumps all produce back to shore through the Brent Pipeline System, also operated by the Emirati firm.

TAQA took over as operator of the North Sea oil pipeline back on 3rd August 2009 from oil and gas supermajor Royal Dutch Shell. The subsea pipeline is jointly owned by 21 separate offshore companies.

Commenting on the fields production, TAQA UK managing director, Peter Jones, said:  “Cladhan is the third field developed by TAQA and the largest to date.”

“First oil therefore represents a significant milestone. Developing Cladhan as a tie-back to Tern underlines our commitment to invest in infrastructure and to maximise economic recovery in the North Sea.”

The Cladhan field is a joint venture between TAQA (operator) 64.5%, MOL Group 33.5% and Sterling Resources 2%.


Within the North Sea region, TAQA operates a total of five offshore platforms that cover 13 separate offshore oil and gas fields, in the Northern and Central North Sea.

In the Southern North Sea (SNS) TAQA holds further, non-operated offshore oil and gas, stakes mainly in the Dutch sector.