North Sea Reporter News & Analysis – keeping you informed 7 January 2015 Issue 305 www.klenergypublishing.com INSIDE THIS ISSUE Ensco 92 wins extension 2 December dayrates 4 Mariner well services 11 Maria reserves hike 16 CONTENTS Rig market 2 Construction 11 Contracts 11 Field development 16 Oil price 17 Production 17 Med briefing 19 Drilling 19 2014 E&A review 26 Licence activity 32 Companies 32 Seismic 35 Safety 35 Renewables 36 People 36 Conferences 36 How to subscribe..... For details on North Sea Reporter and how to subscribe, please refer to our website www.klenergypublishing.com. Alternatively, contact us via the details on the back page. Also, please refer to the website for NSR quarterly indexes. BP starts up Kinnoull as part of Andrew rejuvenation project BP late last month started up production from the Kinnoull field, in UK Central North Sea block 16/23a. Kinnoull has been developed as a subsea tieback to Andrew, in 16/28, as part of a wider rejuvenation of the Andrew area, and is expected to enable output to be extended by a decade. As well as a new subsea system, comprising three trees, a 700-tonne topsides processing module has also been installed on the Andrew platform. Oil from Kinnoull is transported to Andrew via a 28-km subsea pipeline bundle for processing and onward export via the Forties system, while gas is exported via CATS. The bundle contains a 3-inch methanol line, a 6-inch gaslift line and an insulated 14-inch production line. Midway along the bundle system is a tie-in structure to accommodate the potential future development of the Arundel oil prospect, also in block 16/23. Trevor Garlick, regional president for BP’s North Sea business, says: “The combination of brownfield and greenfield development work – carrying out material upgrades, improving the reliability of existing facilities and retrofitting new facilities on to an existing platform – added significantly to the complexity of the project. In successfully delivering it, we have completed one of the most challenging offshore projects BP has undertaken in the North Sea.” Kinnoull detailed engineering was carried out by JP Kenny and Wood Group Engineering, while Subsea 7 fabricated and installed the four bundle sections. Other key items were supplied by Wood Group PSN – offshore construction; Cameron – machining and assembly of the subsea trees; Subsea 7 – subsea construction; Vetco Gray – subsea control system fabrication, testing; Isleburn – riser caisson, subsea structure fabrication; Duco – umbilical; Bel – subsea valve fabrication; Heerema Hartlepool – process module fabrication, commissioning. Production from Andrew and Kinnoull is forecast to peak at more than 50,000 b/d. Partner interests in the field are BP (operator) 77.06% and JX Nippon 22.94%. Interests in Andrew are BP (operator) 62.75%, JX Nippon 27.39% and Talisman-Sinopec 9.86%.
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