Apache Tags OGN for New Forties Platform

OGN Group was selected by Apache to build a new satellite oil production platform for the UK Forties field. The platform will be bridge-linked to the existing Forties Alpha installation. "This project will provide Apache with 18 new slots for drilling additional development wells to increase the ultimate recovery from the prolific Forties field, the largest hydrocarbon discovery in the UK sector of the North Sea," stated Apache.

The operator recently completed and processed time-lapse 4D seismic surveys at the field and along with the additional drilling slots, the outlook is to maintain daily oil production at a rate of 60,000 bopd during the subsequent three-plus years, noted the operator. The satellite platform will expand critical utility services to the field, including power generation, produced fluid processing, high-pressure gas compression for artificial lift, and dehydration.

The platform's construction should be completed by mid-year 2012. The platform will then be towed and installed at the Forties field. Apache North Sea Limited holds a 97.14% interest of the field and serves as the operator; Esso Exploration and Production UK Limited holds 2.61%; and Shell U.K. Limited holds the remaining .25%.

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