Forties Pipeline System Welcomes Buzzard Crude

BP on Friday announced that the first cargo of Forties blend containing crude from the Buzzard oil field has been exported from Hound Point terminal on the Firth of Forth.

After the start up of Buzzard the first crude from the field entered the Forties Pipeline System on January 14. Buzzard is the latest entrant to the Forties Pipeline System, which now transports oil from over 50 fields.

Commenting on the addition of Buzzard crude to the Forties Pipeline System, Dave Blackwood, Director for BP's North Sea business said:

"We are pleased to welcome another new entrant to Forties Pipeline System. This first export of Forties blend containing Buzzard crude marks the addition of production from the large Buzzard field to the system and follows on from the recent news that the Greater Kittiwake Area will also join the system next year."

"This demonstrates that Forties Pipeline System continues to offer an attractive and competitive export route option for both large, and small, fields. Over recent years we have developed tailored tariffs and competitive offers for access to Forties Pipeline System, to support the development of smaller fields and new entrants to the North Sea, as well as existing customers and large fields like Buzzard."

The Forties Pipeline System is owned by BP and commences at the Forties Charlie platform with the landfall at Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire. The pipeline then continues to the processing terminal at Kinneil, adjacent to the Ineos-operated Grangemouth complex in central Scotland. Crude oil is shipped from the Hound Point terminal on the Firth of Forth.

The Forties Pipeline System was constructed for the development of the Forties Field and first production occurred in 1975. In the early 1990s the Forties system was expanded to 1.15 million barrels per day capacity with a focus on providing pipeline transportation to companies developing and operating fields throughout the North Sea.

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