Nexen Petroleum UK has announced that the Buzzard Phase II (BPII) project has received full sanction from partners and the ‘Field Development Plan’ has been approved by the UK Oil and Gas Authority.
The define stage, which included the front-end engineering design of the development, was completed in June.
BPII is using an integrated project team, comprised of Nexen and supply chain partners AGR Well Management, Baker Hughes, a GE Company (BHGE), COSL Drilling Europe, Subsea 7 and WorleyParsons Services UK.
This team is working together based on an incentivised, outcome-based commercial model and is on-site at Nexen’s Aberdeen office.
Located about 96 km northeast of Aberdeen in approximately 96 metres of water, the Nexen-operated Buzzard platform is the largest UK North Sea oil discovery in the past two decades.
BPII is a subsea development of the Buzzard northern area. The objective of this project is to safely develop additional reserves and bring new production on stream, supporting the goal of maximizing economic recovery in the North Sea.
The selected concept is a subsea development of the Buzzard northern area, approximately 5 kilometres North-East of Buzzard consisting of a 12-slot manifold (8 Production slots and 4 Water Injection). The development will be tied back to the existing Buzzard complex with a pipeline bundle assembly incorporating pipelines, manifolds, subsea controls and chemical injection. A brownfield module is to be installed on the production platform for processing and export via current export pipeline routes.
A significant amount of this work is being executed by UK-based companies, providing investment to the local UK supply chain and supporting jobs across a range of UK locations.
First oil is expected Q1 2021.
Partners in this project are Suncor Energy UK, Chrysaor, Dyas EOG and Oranje-Nassau Energie Resources.