Production Platform - Oil
The Gryphon, is a Maersk owned and operated FPSO, located 175 miles (281 km) north east of Aberdeen, Scotland in block 9/18b of the UKCS.
Maersks partners in the Gryphon Field are Sojitz 13.5%.
Discovered in 1987 through discovery well 9/18b-7 , production eventually commenced in 1993. Production peaked in 1995 at around 40,000bbl/d. As well as the Gryphon's own wells, the Gryphon Alpha also takes on product from subsea tiebacks from the Maclure and Tullich developments.
On 4th February 2011, the Gryphon broke four anchor chains during a storm and drifted off station. As a result, considerable damage was done to Gryphon's subsea systems and Gryphon herself. Extensive repair and upgrade works were carried out in dry dock, lasting over two years, whilst repairs were carried out on the Gryphon field's subsea equipment.
The Gyphon Alpha came back on-stream on 29th May 2013.
Gryphon is a purpose built FPSO, built in 1993 specifically for use within the Gryphon field.
As well as the Gryphon's own wells, the Gryphon Alpha also takes on product from subsea tiebacks from the Maclure and Tullich developments. All oil produce is exported by tanker. Gas produce is exported via a subsea pipeline to Beryl Alpha, where it is transported to shore via the SAGE system.