West oil plan

OIL companies operating to the west of Shetland are looking into developing the Amos field as a satellite to the Schiehallion floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO).

US firm Hess found an oil accumulation just 4 km south of the BP-operated FPSO in April, and this well is being evaluated to see if Amos’s development can become a commercial project.

Andy Mitchell, senior manager of exploration and production communications for Asia and Europe said that it was still too early to say whether the develpment can become a commercial project.

Mr Mitchell said: “There’s not a great deal to say at this stage, it’s just one of those things that we’ll look at internally. It’s very much routine business at the moment and it’s still to early to say whether it will be developed.”

Austrian energy group OMV said Amos has potential to be commercial because of its proximity to the FPSO.

If the development does go ahead, subsea installation and pipelaying services will be required in deep waters off the coast, which will benefit subsea contractors operating in the area.


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