Altra Wins FEED Contract for Apache's Forties Field

Altra Energy received a FEED contract for the new satellite production platform for Apache's Forties field. Altra Energy joined forces with EPIC contractor SLP North Sea Ltd to secure the contract. The satellite project consists of front-end engineering of the topside and bridge of the platform, with delivery and sanction from Apache leading to the next phase, which includes detailed engineering and commissioning work. Engineering will commence this month, with platform completion and first oil targeted in 2012.


The Forties field is situated on the UK Block 21/10 in a water depth of 106 meters, 112 miles (180 kilometers) from Aberdeen. 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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