Phase II of 'Prolific' UKCS Field Receives Full Sanction to Move Forward
The Buzzard Phase II (BPII) project has received full sanction to move forward, a statement published on Nexen’s website has revealed.
The project has received full sanction from partners and the field development plan has been approved by the UK Oil and Gas Authority, allowing the project to move into the execute stage. The define stage, which included the front-end engineering design of the development, was completed in June.
In a statement published on the OGA’s Twitter page, Gunther Newcombe, OGA director of operations, said the organization was "pleased” to approve the development.
“This next phase ensures this prolific field will continue to make an important contribution to MER UK in prolonging production for another decade,” he added.
BPII is a subsea development of the Buzzard northern area. The objective of the project is to develop additional reserves and bring new production on stream, supporting the goal of maximizing economic recovery in the North Sea.
The selected concept consists of a 12-slot manifold. The development will be tied back to the existing Buzzard complex with a pipeline bundle assembly incorporating pipelines, manifolds, subsea controls and chemical injection. First oil is expected in the first quarter of 2021.
Nexen Petroleum UK Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, is the operating partner of Buzzard (43.21 percent), with Suncor Energy UK Ltd. (29.89 percent), Chrysaor (21.73 percent), Dyas Exploration UK Limited (4.70 percent) and Oranje-Nassau Energie Resources Limited (0.46 percent) also holding interests in the field and its facilities.
The Buzzard platform is located around 60 miles northeast of Aberdeen in approximately 315 feet of water.