New North Sea Platform Sails Offshore

Published at 11:03AM - 11/04/16

New North Sea platform sails offshore, as operators Talisman Sinopec confirm that their Montrose Area Redevelopment continues on schedule.

“The Montrose Area Redevelopment is not only one of the biggest capital projects in the UK North Sea this year, but also a tangible demonstration of the long term commitment of our shareholders and partners to the UKCS,” said Talisman Sinopec Managing Director, Bill Dunnett.

Montrose BLP

The topsides of the new Montrose Bridge Linked Platform (BLP), have been built at the Zwijndrecht fabrication yard, by Dutch firm Heerema.

Talisman have confirmed that the topsides have now sailed from Heerema for the UK Montrose field, but will stop on route to conduct final commissioning.

The shortstop at Schiedam, will allow for final installation and commissioning of the platform’s  80-tonne pedestal crane, as well as the attachment of the upper sections of the exhaust stacks. The platform is then scheduled to depart for the Montrose field at the end of the month.

The Talisman Sinopec Montrose BLP Topside
The Talisman Sinopec Montrose BLP Topside

Montrose Redevelopment

The new platform is part of Talisman Sinopec’s Montrose Redevelopment Project (MAR), that will unlock and additional 100 million barrels of oil equivalent, and extend the life of the field by at least 13 years, beyond 2030.

MAR will also see the development of three new offshore fields, the Cayle, Godwin and Shaw.

“It adds a completely new facility to our core infrastructure and can be a game-changer for this business, adding significant production and maximising economic recovery from these historic assets for years to come.” concluded Dunnett.

The project is currently employing the new Prosafe, Safe Boreas, claimed to be the worlds most advanced offshore accommodation vessel. To see more on the Safe Boreas, Click Here.

Montrose Field

The Montrose field is locate in the UK sector of the Central North Sea (CNS), in block 22/17.

Talisman Sinopec Energy UK Limited is the operator with a working interest of 58.97%, and Marubeni Oil & Gas (U.K.) Limited is the sole partner.