The world’s largest ever project to pump gas into an oil field to increase production was inaugurated by Energy Minister Brian Wilson in Aberdeen today.
BP’s Enhanced Oil Recovery project for the Magnus field has involved laying new pipelines from the Schiehallion and Foinaven fields, west of Shetland and pumping pressurised gas into the Magnus field, east of Shetland recovering over 60 million extra barrels of oil.
The project cost £310 million, creating 1500 jobs at the peak of construction.
‘The size and scale of the Magnus project show how technology and innovation can also be used to increase the lifespan of the North Sea,’ said Wilson.
‘Commitment and collaboration from all parties has allowed the first ever pipeline west of Shetland to be built, paving the way for greater oil and gas activity in this area as well as opportunities for new developments to be tied into the Magnus field,’ added Wilson.
Benefits to the UK oil and gas industry from this project are said to include cleaner emissions on Shetland, as gas replaces diesel for powergeneration at the Sullom Voe terminal and a longer future for the Sullom Voe terminal and its employees.