BP confirms expansion of operations west of Shetland

BP has confirmed plans to expand operations west of Shetland by extending the Clair field and replacing the troublesome Schiehallion floating production ship.

The two-platform development for the Clair Ridge project and a larger production ship in the Schiehallion field were detailed in The Shetland Times three weeks ago. They were outlined again this week at a presentation in London among 24 significant developments planned by BP around the world.

BP has priced the Clair expansion at £4 billion and, according to reports, £1.3 billion for the new Schiehallion production ship. The investment plans have not yet received the final go-ahead.

The Clair Ridge development could produce 120,000 barrels of extra oil a day to pipe to Sullom Voe, boosting the terminal’s throughput by more than one third and more than trebling Clair’s current production level while also benefiting Scatsta Airport with more workers’ planes and helicopters.


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