TAQA announces first oil from new UK field

The field has been developed as a subsea tie-back to the TAQA-operated Tern Alpha platform

Picture for illustrative purpose only.
Picture for illustrative purpose only.

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, TAQA, has announced its 'first oil' from the new Cladhan field development in the UK's North Sea.

The field has been developed as a subsea tie-back to the TAQA-operated Tern Alpha platform, the official WAM news agency reported.

"Cladhan is the third field developed by TAQA, and the largest to date. First oil therefore represents a significant milestone. Developing Cladhan as a tie-back to Tern underlines our commitment to invest in infrastructure and to maximise economic recovery in the North Sea."

The Cladhan field is located in the northern North Sea, approximately 100km northeast of the Shetland Islands in a water depth of approximately 150 metres.

The field lies 17.5km southwest of the Tern platform and straddles UKCS (UK Continental Shelf) blocks 210/29a and 210/30a. The development consists of two producer wells (P1 and P2) and one injection well (W1).

TAQA is the operator of Cladhan, with a 64.5% interest. Its co-venturers, Sterling Resources (UK) and MOL Group, hold a 2% and 33.5% interest respectively.

In the UK, TAQA operates five platforms which produce from 13 fields spread across the Northern North Sea and the Central North Sea. TAQA is also the operator of the Brent Pipeline.

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