BP Gets Govt OK for Kinnoull Field Development
BP and its co-ventures have agreed to develop the Kinnoull reservoir in the UK sector of the North Sea.
The Kinnoull oil field, the largest of three reservoirs that are being developed as part of the Andrew project, contains 45 MMbbls of oil equivalent. The field will connect to BP’s Andrew platform and will allow production to continue to 2020 and beyond. Production from Kinnoull is forecasted to peak at 45,000 bopd and will export via the Forties pipeline system to Kinneil and the CATS pipeline system to Teesside.
Development plans call for a new subsea system and caisson onto the Andrew platform. The subsea system includes four subsea bundles with a total length of 28 kilometers (considered the longest bundle structure in the world) which will bring the fluids to the Andrew platform for processing. Furthermore, the Andrew platform will undergo significant modifications including the addition of a 750 ton process module.
Production will shut-in at the platform for 18 months while operational work will commence to maintain the efficiency and integrity of the existing Andrew platform facilities. Production should commence in 2013. Kinnoull lies on North Sea Block 16/23s, some 143 miles (230 kilometers) northeast of Aberdeen. BP owns the project with a 77.06% interest; Eni with 16.67%; and Summit with 6.27%.
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