Cormorant Alpha is a fixed installation serving as a manned drilling and production installation for the South Cormorant field in Block 211/26a in the East Shetland Basin of the Northern North Sea.
Eider is a fixed installation serving as a Utility facility for the Otter Field, in Block 210/15a in the East Shetland Basin of the northern North Sea.
The IDS itself supports a flare boom, a drilling derrick, drilling module and Living Quarters (LQ) with helideck.
North Cormorant is a fixed installation serving as a manned drilling and production installation for the North Cormorant field in Block 211/21 in the East Shetland Basin of the Northern North Sea.
The following pipelines are connected to the installation:
Tern Alpha is a fixed installation serving as a manned drilling and production installation for the Tern field in block 210/25 in the East Shetland Basin of the northern North Sea. It also serves as a production facility for the Hudson, Kestrel, Falcon and Cladhan fields.
The Kestrel field is a subsea satellite development tied back to Tern. It became operational in Q3 2001 and comprises of two production wells and one water injection well. Also tied back to Tern are the Hudson field, operated by Dana and TAQA’s Falcon field.
The following hydrocarbon pipelines are connected to the installation:
Harding is a jack-up production unit serving as a manned production facility for the Harding field, in Block 9/23b, 320km North-East of Aberdeen in the central North Sea.
Oil from Harding is exported via a 24-inch diameter oil export pipeline to submerged tanker loading system.
The Brae Area is comprised of five oil and gas fields, Brae Area (Brae North, South & Central reservoirs), Brae East, Brae West, Braemar and Beinn.
Brae Alpha, Brae Bravo and East Brae are fixed installations serving as manned production facilities for the Brae Area and surrounding fields within the Central North Sea.
Note: Brae Bravo ceased production in December 2017, while the surround fields ceased production in July 2018. The Brae Bravo facility has been made safe and is unmanned awaiting permanent removal in 2021.
We continue to safely and efficiently manage the late-life operations of our business, with a focus on maximising economic recovery and life extension; driving operational excellence across all operations; effectively managing integrity; while at the same time taking ownership of and planning for decommissioning.
When oil and gas fields end production, their facilities need to be decommissioned in accordance with all relevant legislation. TAQA is committed to early, clear and open communication with stakeholders throughout the decommissioning process to ensure this work is carried out in a responsible and appropriate way.
Between operated and non-operated assets, TAQA has a large portion of the overall UK Continental Shelf decommissioning and we intend to progress this as safely, efficiently and openly as possible.
As part of this early planning, we have commenced early plug & abandonment (P&A) for wells that are already non-producing and shut in, while assets are still operational.
TAQA’s decommissioning strategic success factors include:
For any proposed decommissioning activities, decommissioning programmes are prepared by TAQA and submitted to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and will be made available here.
TAQA Bratani Limited (“TAQA”) has submitted, for the consideration of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, a draft decommissioning programme for the removal of the Eider Alpha topsides, in accordance with the provisions of the Petroleum Act 1998 (The Act). It is a requirement of the Act that interested parties be consulted on such proposals.
The facilities covered by the Eider Alpha topsides draft decommissioning programme are in Block 211/16a in the northern North Sea, approximately 118km north east of Shetland and 32km from the UK/Norwegian median line. The facilities comprise five modules split over two levels and an integrated deck structure, containing a wellbay, process bay and utilities bay. The integrated deck structure then supports a flare boom, a drilling derrick, drilling module and living quarters with helideck.
TAQA hereby gives notice that the following documents are available to read on this website, or alternatively they can be viewed at the below location during office hours:
TAQA Bratani Limited
Arnhall Business Park
Contact Alastair MacLean, Decommissioning Stakeholder Manager:
+44 (0)1224 275275
Representations regarding the draft decommissioning programme should be submitted in writing to Alastair MacLean at the above address where they should be received by the consultation closing date, 31st January 2020, and should state the grounds upon which any representations are being made.
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