Shell U.K. Ltd. has taken the decision to decommission the Kingfisher Installations and subsea infrastructure associated with the Kingfisher Field, excluding any Kingfisher infrastructure within the 500m safety zone of the Brae Bravo Platform.
The Kingfisher field lies in Block 16/8 of the UK Sector of the North Sea and comprises three reservoirs: Brae I (Gas/Condensate), Brae II (Volatile Oil) and Heather (Gas/Condensate). The Kingfisher field is located 280km Northeast of Aberdeen and was developed as a subsea tie-back to the TAQA operated Brae Bravo platform. The field first produced in October 1997 and had a design life of 15 years. Produced oil was exported via the Forties pipeline system while gas was provided to the Brae Bravo operator.
The Kingfisher development comprises six subsea wells with rigid pipeline jumpers to a subsea manifold. The production fluids from the Brae and Heather wells were commingled in the manifold and routed to the Brae Bravo platform via the two production pipelines. The production pipelines were linked at the Kingfisher manifold to provide a pigging loop to allow round trip pigging. A single composite control and chemical injection umbilical from the Brae Bravo platform to the Kingfisher manifold provided the utilities required for operation of the manifold facility.
Shell U.K. Ltd submitted draft Decommissioning Programmes (DP) for the Kingfisher Field (Part 1), to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 2 June 2020 in accordance with the provisions of the Petroleum Act 1998, for consideration by the Secretary of State for BEIS. It is a requirement of the Act that interested parties be consulted on such decommissioning proposals.
Public Consultation on the Kingfisher Field (Part 1) DPs opened on 8 June 2020, and closed on 7 July 2020. Following Public Consultation, the DP has now been approved by OPRED.
The DPs and supporting Comparative Assessment Report and Environmental Impact Assessment are available for download below:
For any queries, please email SUKEP-Shell-Decommissioning-Correspondence@shell.com.
The Kingfisher Field (Part 1) DPs are also available on the BEIS website.
Separate Decommissioning Programmes covering the subsea infrastructure within the Brae Bravo 500m safety zone will be submitted to OPRED for approval at a later date.
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