Shell Oil rig Vessel

The Penguins fields were brought onstream in 2003 as a subsea development via a tie-back to the Brent Charlie Platform. The existing development consists of nine producing wells, four production manifolds or drill centres, a multiphase production flowline, a gas lift line and an integrated umbilical for control, power and chemicals. Cessation of production at Brent Charlie Platform is anticipated to occur in the next few years; therefore an opportunity exists to extend Penguins Field life through a tie-back to an alternative host. The project compromises:

  • New cylindrical Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility;
  • New production wells; 
  • New drill centres or production manifolds supporting the new development wells;
  • New pipelines and flexible risers that connect the pipelines to the FPSO via a new riser base manifold (RBM); 
  • Reconfiguration of the existing multiphase production flowline for gas export;
  • New 16" pipeline to tie–in the FPSO gas export pipeline directly to the Far North Liquids and Associated Gas System (FLAGS) bypassing the Brent Charlie platform; with the associated Penguins Gas Export Pipeline End Manifold (PLEM).
Ocean Guardian, During Well test in Shell Ireland Corrib Field

The existing wells will continue to be produced via a tie-in to the new FPSO. The produced oil will be stored on the FPSO and will be offloaded to a shuttle tanker for export. The produced gas will be routed via the existing FLAGS pipeline system to St Fergus Gas Terminal.

As required under the Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipelines (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1999 (as amended) an Environmental Impact Assessment has been undertaken to assess the potential impacts of the proposed redevelopment. The outcome of this study has been published in an Environmental Statement which has been submitted to the appropriate authorities for review. This is in anticipation of a full development plan submission to the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) prior to Shell’s Final Investment Decision. 

The Environmental Statement is now available for the public to view as part of the statutory 28 day public consultation period. The document can be downloaded from the link below and a copy is also available during business hours from the following locations:

  • Shell U.K. Limited, 1 Altens Farm Road, Nigg, Aberdeen, AB12 3FY
  • Shetland Library, Lower Hillhead, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0EL

Download the environmental statement

Members of the public have until 6th June 2016 to make comments on the application. All correspondence should refer to D/4184/2015 and may be sent by email, letter or fax for the attention of:

DECC – Oil & Gas Environment and Decommissioning

Environmental Management Team

2nd Floor 

AB1 Building

48 Huntly Street

Aberdeen, AB10 1SH


Fax: 01224 254019

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