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 RockRose 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, to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) 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 will close on 7 July 2020.
Representations regarding the Kingfisher Field (Part 1) Decommissioning Programmes should be submitted in writing to: Rob Jansen, Head of Projects, Decommissioning Strategy, Shell U.K. Limited, 1 Altens Farm Road, Nigg, Aberdeen, AB12 3FY.
Representations must be received by the consultation closing date of 7 July 2020 and state the grounds upon which any representations are being made.
The draft DPs and supporting Comparative Assessment Report and Environmental Impact Assessment are available for download below: Should you require a hard copy, this can be supplied, although there may be a delay due to the current COVID 19 restrictions. All such a requests should to be directed to the above e-mail, with your name and address.
The Kingfisher Field (Part 1) DPs are also available on the BEIS website.
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