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First UK built oil platform in 25 years to set sail for North Sea

03rd June 2013

British manufactured oil platform FASP to set sail down the Tyne to the Forties field to boost North Sea output

First UK built oil platform in 25 years to set sail for North Sea
First oil from the new Forties Alpha Satellite Platform (FASP) is expected to come on stream in the autumn of this year and has the capacity to produce up to 25,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd)

The first central North Sea platform to be built at a single construction yard in the UK for at least 25 years has been completed by British manufacturer OGN on Tyneside, the company said in a written statement on Thursday, putting the UK back on the platform-building map.

The final part of the fabrication, the topside will be towed down the Tyne to the North Sea Forties Field, 110 miles off Aberdeen. It is part of an approximately USD 600m construction project for US oil and gas exploration and production company, Apache Corporation.

First oil from the new Forties Alpha Satellite Platform (FASP) is expected to come on stream in the autumn of this year and has the capacity to produce up to 25,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd). Decommissioning of the Forties field had been due to commence in 2013 but the life of the field has been extended by another 20 years.

UK energy minister Michael Fallon said: “OGN has constructed one of the largest oil platforms ever built on the Tyne in record time, proving without doubt that UK fabricators can compete with the world’s best. Importantly it is an illustration to other North Sea producers that the UK offers excellent quality and value.”

The UK oil and gas fabrication sector is increasingly losing business to South Korea and the Middle East. Over the past three years, major contracts for UK Continental Shelf oil and gas activity to the value of more than USD 15bn have been awarded outside the UK, equating to over 10,000 jobs, according to OGN estimates.