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BP and its co-venturers, ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Shell, have safely installed the new Clair Ridge platform’s quarters and utilities (QU) topside modules. The QU platform comprises three modules—the quarters and utilities integrated deck, the power generation module, and the living quarters module. Clair Ridge is a multi-billion-dollar investment in the second phase of development on Clair field, which lies 75 km to the west of the Shetland Islands. The project comprises two, new bridge-linked platforms, and new pipeline infrastructure to connect storage and redelivery facilities on Shetland. The next major milestone will be the installation of the production and drilling platform topside modules, scheduled for summer 2016, with production expected to begin in late 2017. Clair Ridge will be able to produce an estimated 640 MMbbl of oil over a 40-year period, with peak production expected to be up to 120,000 bopd. Clair Ridge is the first sanctioned, large-scale, offshore EOR scheme using reduced salinity water injection (LoSal EOR) to extract a higher proportion of oil over the life of the field. To reduce the environmental impact of the project, the platforms will be powered using dual-fuel power generators, incorporating waste heat recovery technology. Vapor recovery will also be used to capture and recycle low pressure gas for use as fuel or for exporting to shore. “In a challenging time for the industry, this project shows the potential of our basin and why it is so important that we work to ensure a competitive future business,” Trevor Garlick, regional president for BP’s North Sea business, said.

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