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BP approved for new North Sea development using existing infrastructure

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BP has received approval from the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to develop the Alligin oil field in the North Sea. 

The Glen Lyon FPSO will process oil & gas from BP's Alligin field
(Glen Lyon FPSO - where BP will process Oil & Gas from the Aligin field - image via BP)

The Alligin field is located 140km west of Shetland. The firm first announced plans for the project in April, along with a similar development in the Vorlich field.

The £230 million project is part of BP’s programme to develop satellite fields through existing hubs. The Alligin field was originally discovered in 1993 when drilling was going on at another site close by, but was classified as economically unusable.

The programme involves drilling two wells that will then offload through subsea infrastructure from two pre-existing developments - the Schiehallion and Loyal projects. These will then connect to the Glen Lyon FPSO (floating, production storage, offload) vessel to process the crude oil and gas offshore. By utilising these resources in tandem with the other satellite field at Vorlich, BP will make Alligin economically viable in a way they’ve been unable to do before.

It’s thought that the field contains 20 million barrels of oil equivalent, with the project expected to produce 12,000 barrels gross of oil equivalent per day at peak.

The Aligin field is located 140km west of Shetland
(Map of the Aligin - image via BP)

As well as making the development more cost effective, the set-up means BP have a simpler and faster project cycle, so they can expect to be processing oil very soon.

The development is expected to come on stream in 2020.

BP’s North Sea Regional President Ariel Flores said: “Alligin is part of our advantaged oil story, rescuing stranded reserves and tying them back into existing infrastructure. Developments like this have shorter project cycles, allowing us to bring on new production quicker. These subsea tiebacks complement our major start-ups and underpin BP’s commitment to the North Sea.”

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