BP has outlined a $107 million development plan for the Maclure field which is located approximately 200 miles northeast of Aberdeen. Maclure was discovered in 1991 but it is only recently that technology has been available to make development of the field possible. According to reports, the field in block 9/19 holds an estimated 20 million barrels of recoverable reserves, and is close to the existing Gryphon and Harding fields. Subsea facilities on Maclure will be tied back to the Gryphon floating production, storage and offloading vessel, operated by Kerr-McGee. Initial daily production rates are set at 12,000 barrels of oil and 3.5 million cubic feet of gas. Gas from Maclure will be exported via Beryl Alpha or via a spur to the Leadon field, north of Maclure, where it may be used as fuel gas.
Partners in Maclure are BP as operator with 33.33%, Kerr-McGee Gryphon Limited with 33.33%, Mobil North Sea Limited with 16.67%, Enterprise Oil with 7.59%, Amerada Hess with 7.41% and OMV UK with the remaining 1.67%.