Thinkstock Photos 481187224 Western Isles Project

Western Isles Project

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Thinkstock Photos 481187224 Western Isles Project

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The Western Isles Project will develop two discovered oil fields called Harris and Barra in the Northern North Sea, 160km east of the Shetlands and 12km west of Tern field.

It involves a subsea development of at least five production and four water injection wells tied back to a new build floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) with oil export using shuttle tankers.

UK Government sanction was granted in December 2012, drilling began in 2013 with subsea installation in summer 2014 and FPSO installation expected at a later date. Plateau production is expected to be around 40,000 boepd, adding more than 30,000 boepd to current UK production. The estimated field life is 15 years.

The project will ultimately deliver 40,000 barrels of oil a day, helping secure the UK’s future energy needs. Once operational, the development will bring hundreds of new oil and gas jobs and create valuable opportunities for UK companies.


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