BP disclosed an animation of the construction of its Clair Ridge project, the platfrom that is to operate on the largest oil field located on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).
Clair Ridge is the second phase of development of the North Sea Clair field, which holds an estimated 8 billion barrels of oil in place.
“It will see the world’s first deployment of BP’s enhanced oil recovery technology LoSal, a water injection method that is expected to deliver an additional 40 million barrels,” BP said earlier.
VIDEO: BP Clair Ridge Project Construction
The development valued at US$6 billion (£4.65 billion) targets 640 million barrels of recoverable resources, although the complex nature of the reservoir has caused some uncertainty as to the exact amount of oil that can be recovered.
Overall, the platform is expected to hit first oil at the end of 2017 and continue producing until 2050 at a peak rate of more than 100,000 barrels per day (bpd).
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With the start-up of the North Sea platform, the supermajor is expected to see an increase in its production of approximately 500,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day net, BP informed in its website.
Clair Field Produced 80 Million Barrels
The project consists of two new bridge-linked fixed steel jacket platforms and topsides, including a drilling and production platform and a quarter and utilities platform.
The final drilling and production platform modules left the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) yard in April, which marked the end of all construction efforts for the project taking place in South Korea.
The first development phase of the field, which lies 46 miles west of Shetland at a water depth of over 492 feet, was sanctioned in 2011 – Clair Phase 1.
Production from the field started in 2005 and has so far resulted in an output of 80 million barrels.
In the meantime, BP is assessing the possibility of having a third phase of development.