BP has abandoned it exploration project at the Ravenspurn North field in the UK North Sea started more than a year ago.
The UK oil major was testing the potential of a deep Carboniferous age horizon underlying the Ravenspurn North field which could have, if successful, “open up a new phase of development in the region,” as BP said in December 2016.
Premier Oil, BP’s partner in the Southern North Sea project, said on Thursday that well operations on the Ravenspurn North Deep well “are now complete.”
“The well has been plugged and abandoned and the drilling rig (Rowan Gorilla VII) has been demobilized,”Premier said.
Offshore Energy Today has reached out to BP, seeking more info on the project. We will update the article if we get a response.
A BP spokesperson said that the company had “nothing further to add to what Premier has said at present.”
BP holds an 85% equity stake in the failed prospect alongside license partners Perenco (10%) and Premier (5%).
The Ravenspurn North gas discovered in 1984 was developed using a concrete platform with processing and accommodation facilities linked to one conventional steel satellite wellhead platform. Two satellite wellhead towers have subsequently been installed.
The Ravenspurn North gas is exported via the Cleeton facilities with onward transport via the Cleeton/Ravenspurn South line to the Perenco operated terminal at Dimlington.