Ineos Oil and Gas UK has wrapped up a project aimed at extending the life of Clipper South field in southern North Sea with an investment of $80m.
In this regard, Ineos re-routed the production from the Clipper South field through the Clipper field operated by Shell and further into the Bacton processing terminal in Norfolk through existing pipelines. The gas from the Clipper South field is eventually fed into the UK National Grid.
For the re-routing, Ineos installed new pipeline, subsea infrastructure and processing equipment to enable the re-routing. The project was taken up as ConocoPhillips started the process of shutting down operations at the existing Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal.
Ineos Oil and Gas UK CEO David Brooks said: “The completion of the project is another example of INEOS’ commitment to our Oil & Gas business and supports the Government’s strategy to maximise economic recovery of gas from the North Sea. It is a great achievement for our business and has been made possible through our project team’s hard work and dedication.”
“We would like to thank Spirit Energy, our JV partner, for their support throughout the project and the operational, technical and commercial collaboration with Shell as the owner of the facilities.”
Discovered in 1982 by Shell, the Clipper South field entered into production in 2012 and has an estimated field life of 15 years. It is located in blocks 48/19 and 48/20, about 100km east of the Lincolnshire coast, and has a reserve of close to 13.4 billion cubic meters of gas.
Currently, Shell is remotely operating the gas field as per a new commercial agreement with Ineos and Spirit Energy.
Shell ONEGas asset manager Anne O’Halloran said: “Our Clipper hub and upgraded terminal at Bacton are helping to maximise the recovery of gas from the UK North Sea.
“We are keen to partner with other companies on similar agreements to help supply gas to homes and businesses across the country.”
Located about 66km from the Norfolk coast, the Clipper hub can transport up to 400 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, said Shell.