Latest North Sea Platform Installed At Montrose

Published at 02:47PM - 11/05/16

Operators Talisman Sinopec has confirmed that its new North Sea Montrose platform, offshore Aberdeen, has been successfully installed.

This is a major milestone for the Montrose Area Redevelopment (MAR), expected to unlock 100 million barrels in a group of North Sea oil fields.

“This is a completely new facility in our core infrastructure and will be a game-changer for this business”, said, Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Managing Director, Bill Dunnett. 

North Sea Platform Installed At Montrose

The 10,500 tonnes bridge-linked platform (BLP) was connected to Montrose Alpha, one of the oldest platforms in the region and will provide additional process and plant support facilities.

The platform’s topsides had sailed from the Dutch town of Schiedam, having been built at the Zwijndrecht fabrication yard, by Dutch firm Heerema.

New North Sea Platform Sails Offshore
New Montrose Platform Sails Offshore

The Montrose Area Redevelopment (MAR) is also expected to extend the life of the fields beyond 2030, by modifying and expanding the existing infrastructure and developing three new fields.

The Godwin field has already been developed via an extended reach well from the Arbroath platform, while the Cayley and Shaw fields are being developed as subsea tie-backs to the bridge-linked platform.

First production from the Shaw field is expected during the first quarter of 2017.

New Fields And Reserves Added

According to the operators Repsol Sinopec Resources UK, the installation of the BLP was “safe and efficient”.

Montrose Platform Installation By Heerema Thialf Crane Barge
Montrose Platform Installation By Heerema Thialf

“This is a major step forward for this project and has been a tangible demonstration of the long-term commitment of our shareholders – Repsol and Sinopec – and partner, Marubeni, to the UKCS (UK Continental Shelf)”, Dunnett explained.

“MAR adds significant production and maximises economic recovery from these historic assets”, he added.

Oil and Gas Authority chief executive Andy Samuel said: “The Oil and Gas Authority is very pleased to see this important milestone in the redevelopment of the Montrose Area, which adds new fields and significant reserves, and also maximises economic recovery and extends the life of the existing fields.”

Last updated on 04:43PM - 12/05/16