November 30, 2020

bp’s head of North Sea has praised the resilience and determination of the team which has brought the 30-million-barrel Vorlich field online safely – despite the challenges of COVID-19.

Vorlich is the second North Sea fast-paced, high-return subsea tieback to come onstream in as many years, following the successful start-up of Alligin, west of Shetland, in 2019. bp and partner Ithaca Energy invested £230 million to develop the field, which was discovered in 2014 and received regulatory approval for development in 2018.

The field has been developed through two wells with peak production expected to reach 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Vorlich hydrocarbons are processed through Ithaca’s FPF-1 floating production facility, located around 240 kilometres east of Aberdeen. Read more…