BP is reviewing its planned work programme for the Stena Dee drilling rig, following the five-day occupation of the vessel last week by Greenpeace which held up the rig’s arrival on the field by a week.
The oil company is understood to be looking at ways of making up the lost time. The Stena Dee will provide support for the second underwater drilling centre on the Foinaven project, a programme already delayed by months after the subsea manifolds sprung leaks during pressure tests. The manifolds were finally reinstalled two weeks ago.
BP says it expects Foinaven to start producing before the end of the year – up to a year later than originally planned.
Four activists who occupied the rig were fined £200 each in the Aberdeen Sheriff’s court on Monday after admitting breach of the peace.BP lodged a £1.25m compensation claim against Greenpeace in the Edinburgh Court of Session and applied for an interdict (Scottish injunction) against the organisation and the four individuals to prevent them interfering further in the company’s activities.