BP: Arundel field begins production
British oil giant BP has started oil production from the Arundel field, one of two North Sea fields sanctioned in 2016.
Located 15 kilometers north of the Andrew platform in the central North Sea, the Arundel field was discovered in 2000, with further appraisal wells drilled in 2008 and 2009. It is expected to contain around five million barrels of oil recoverable.
BP told Offshore Energy Today on Wednesday that the field was safely brought online 18 months after sanction and was producing around 9,000 barrels of oil a day through the Andrew platform.
The Arundel project was sanctioned in April 2016, and the field development plan was approved in July 2016. The field was brought online on September 17 and, according to BP, the well is performing better than expected, with the potential to increase the production rate in the coming weeks.
The company added that the Arundel reservoir was challenging to access due to a very thin oil column and variable reservoir sand presence. BP selected a single horizontal well was selected as the best development strategy with a subsea tie-in via the Kinnoull pipeline, which was routed over the Arundel field during the Andrew Area Development project to facilitate future development.