TAQA extends North Sea field life
TAQA actions new strategy to prolong life of its North Sea assets.
Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) is transforming its Eider platform and ensuring continued production from the Otter field as part of its strategy to maximise economic recovery and extend the life of its oil and gas fields in the northern North Sea.
The late life extension strategy involves converting the TAQA operated Eider Alpha platform - which is no longer economically viable as a production platform - into a utility platform as part of a wider programme designed to extend the life of TAQA’s wider North Sea infrastructure in the years ahead.
A bypass project, successfully completed in late 2017, now redirects production from the Otter field - which previously produced to Eider - to TAQA’s North Cormorant platform. As a result, the life of both the Otter field and the North Cormorant platform wells are being extended.
Donald Taylor, TAQA Europe’s Managing Director explains: “In utility mode Eider will continue to provide power, chemical and system support to enable production from the Otter field, which continues to provide significant value to our business. In addition, a plug and abandonment programme on the Eider wells is currently underway, with a planned removal of all significant hydrocarbons from the platform during the second half of 2018.”