Offshore Field Development Projects
Alba Alba
Operator:ConocoPhillips
Water Depth:158 m / 521 ft
Region:Europe - North Sea
Country:UK
Last Updated:Jan 25, 2013    (view update history)
Project Description
The Alba field is located 130 miles (209 kilometers) northeast of Aberdeen, Scotland on UK North Sea Block 16/26. The water depth of the well is approximately 453 feet (138 meters).

Alba was discovered in 1984 by Chevron, granted government approval for field development in 1991 and commenced production in 1994. The field's estimated recoverable reserves are 1 billion barrels of oil with production capacity at 32,000 bopd.

Chevron serves as the operator and holds a 23.37% interest; Endeavour holds 25.68%; Statoil holds 17%; Mitsui holds 13.3%; Total holds 12.65%; and Cieco holds 8%.

Field Development

The Alba field was developed in two phases. The first phase included the installation of a new platform-based facility in the ...
The Alba field is located 130 miles (209 kilometers) northeast of Aberdeen, Scotland on UK North Sea Block 16/26. The water depth of the well is approximately 453 feet (138 meters).

Alba was discovered in 1984 by Chevron, granted government approval for field development in 1991 and commenced production in 1994. The field's estimated recoverable reserves are 1 billion barrels of oil with production capacity at 32,000 bopd.

Chevron serves as the operator and holds a 23.37% interest; Endeavour holds 25.68%; Statoil holds 17%; Mitsui holds 13.3%; Total holds 12.65%; and Cieco holds 8%.

Field Development

The Alba field was developed in two phases. The first phase included the installation of a new platform-based facility in the northern area of the field using a floating storage unit and a fixed steel platform - Alba Northern Platform. The platform consists of production capabilities, drilling and living quarters, and is the first of its kind in the UK sector of the North Sea. The eight-legged structure stands in 520 feet of water (158 meters) and supports a 20,200-metric-ton topside with slots for 24 wells. Tankers transport Alba oil, and it is then exported to Britannia.

Once Phase I was completed, eight months of research was conducted to find out the best options for the next part of the project, which included development of the southern area of the reservoir.

Phase II

Phase two of the project consisted of installing a second platform, Alba Southern, in the southern area of the field.

Phase II A

Once construction began, officials decided the platform needed to increase its production from a design rate of 75,000 bopd to 100,000 bopd. This part of the development was completed in 1996; now the platform produces at an average rate of 91,802 bopd.

Phase II B

The second part of the development consisted of increasing the gross fluids handling capacity from 240,000 to 390,000 barrels of fluids per day. A new 4-mile (6-kilometer) pipeline, connecting a single subsea water injection well to the platform, was installed to improve the quality of water production during the production process.

Three new modules were attached to the platform to hold processing equipment - a separator, a new hydro cyclone package with high-efficiency liners to process fluids, and a produced water pump designed to recover heat from the water stream for injection water feed. This new “polishing” system provides 100,000 barrels of water per day to the platform.

This improved oil separation from produced water is the first application of its type in the UK sector of the North Sea, and was the largest system ever applied.

This second phase of construction came online in 2004.
Activities
Status Updates
EnQest Grabs Share of Alba
Type: Operator Update

Jan. 2013 - EnQuest and CIECO have reached an agreement whereby EnQest will acquire CIECO's 8 percent non-operated interest in the Alba field on the UK Continental Shelf. Under the agreement, EnQuest will pay out $29.6 million cash plus a further deferred cash consideration of up to $790,000 based on certain project milestones. The agreement is subject to standard regulatory consent. Alba is estimated to hold 1 billion barrels of oil in Eocene turbidite sandstones. During the first half of 2012 the field produced 6.4 million barrels.

BP Sells Alba Stake to Mitsui
Type: Acreage Acquisition

Jun. 2012 - BP is selling its interests in the Alba and Britannia fields in the UK sector of the North Sea to Mitsui & Co. for $280 million. Net BP production from the two fields averages some 7,000 barrels of oil per day. The sale comprises BP's 13.3-percent stake in Alba and 8.97-percent stake in Britannia. Completion of the deal is anticipated by the end of 3Q 2012, subject to regulatory and other licensee approvals.

Endeavour Acquires UK Producing Assets
Type: Acreage Acquisition

Dec. 2011 - Endeavour has entered into a purchase and sale agreement to acquire ConocoPhillips' interest in three producing UK oil fields in the central North Sea for $330 million. Endeavour will increase their current ownership interest in the Alba field, a late Eocene reservoir that has been producing since 1994. Additionally, the company will add ownership interests in the MacCulloch and Nicol fields. Endeavour's aggregate working interest in the Alba field will be 25.68 percent following the closing of the acquisition. The company anticipates assuming operatorship of the MacCulloch field, subject to final partner agreement.

Chevron Resumes Production at Alba Northern Platform
Type: Status Update

Nov. 2010 - Production has resumed at the Alba Northern platform, announced Chevron, after a gas leak was detected Wednesday, November 17. The Alba field is located 130 miles (209 kilometers) northeast of Aberdeen, Scotland on UK North Sea Block 16/26. The water depth of the field is approximately 453 feet (138 meters). Chevron serves as the operator and holds a 21.17% interest; ConocoPhillips holds 23.43%; Statoil holds 17%; BP holds 15.50%; Total holds 12.65%; Cieco holds 8%; and Endeavour holds 2.25%.

RBG Receives Contract from Chevron North Sea
Type: Contract Award

May. 2010 - RBG will deliver electrical rope access services and provide electrical inspections and upgrades for three platforms, Alba, Captain and Erskine on the UKCS. Chevron North Sea awarded the US $1.7 million three-year contract.

Wood Group to Service Chevron Facilities in the North Sea
Type: Contract Award

Feb. 2010 - Wood Group received a three-year operations and maintenance support services contract from Chevron North Sea Limited for its Alba, Captain and Erskine fields. Facilities included in the service arrangement include the Alba Northern Platform, the Captain FPSO and the Wellhead Production Platform, and the unmanned Erskine Platform, all located in the UK sector of the North Sea. The contract went into effect February 8, and includes two, one-year extension options exercisable by Chevron.

Chevron Selects Wood Group for North Sea Engineering Services
Type: Contract Award

Oct. 2009 - Wood Group was awarded a three-year engineering and construction contract by Chevron North Sea Limited for its Alba, Captain and Erskine fields. Worth an estimated £45 million over the initial three years, the contract is effective from October 1, 2009, and includes two, one-year extension options exercisable by Chevron. The contract covers the engineering and construction support services for the Alba Northern Platform, the Captain FPSO & Wellhead Production Platform and the unmanned Erskine Platform.

Alba Southern Area Development Option Selected
Type: Development Activity

Jul. 1997 - New platform-based facilities, together with a subsea water injection well, will be installed, subject to final Government approval, as part of the continuing development of the Chevron-operated Alba oilfield in the central North Sea. This follows eight months of studies into the best options for the next part of the Alba Phase II project to develop the southern area of the reservoir. Alba Phase II has seen the southern area developed through extended reach drilling from the Alba Northern Platform which will process the additional fluids from this part of the field.

Alba Northern Platform
Producing - Jan 14, 1994 to -

Alba Southern Platform
Producing - 1994 to -

Alba
Producing - Jan 14, 1994 to -

Under Development - 1991 to Jan 13, 1994

Discovery (Drilled) - Jan 1985 to 1990

Exploratory Drilling - Dec 1984 to Dec 1984

Update History
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Field Updated Jan 25, 2013 453
Activity Added Jan 25, 2013 453
Field Updated Jun 27, 2012 665
Project Description Updated Jun 27, 2012 665
Facility Updated Jun 27, 2012 665
Activity Added Jun 27, 2012 665
Field Updated Jun 05, 2012 687
Facility Updated Jun 05, 2012 687
Project Description Updated Jun 05, 2012 687
Field Updated Feb 22, 2012 791
Project Description Updated Feb 22, 2012 791
Facility Updated Feb 22, 2012 791
Field Updated Dec 27, 2011 848
Facility Updated Dec 27, 2011 848
Project Description Updated Dec 27, 2011 848
Activity Added Dec 27, 2011 848
Activity Added Nov 19, 2010 1251
Field Updated Nov 19, 2010 1251
Facility Updated May 27, 2010 1427
Activity Added May 27, 2010 1427
Project Description Updated May 24, 2010 1430
Field Updated May 19, 2010 1435
Project Description Updated May 19, 2010 1435
Project Description Updated Mar 16, 2010 1499
Field Updated Feb 18, 2010 1525
Activity Added Feb 18, 2010 1525
Project Description Updated Feb 08, 2010 1535
Project Description Updated Oct 06, 2009 1660
Field Updated Oct 06, 2009 1660
Activity Added Oct 06, 2009 1660
Facility Updated Apr 30, 2009 1819
Field Updated Feb 11, 2009 1897
Facility Added Dec 22, 2008 1948
Facility Status Added Dec 22, 2008 1948
Project Description Added Nov 24, 2008 1976
Field Added Jun 18, 2008 2135
Facility Added Jun 18, 2008 2135
Facility Status Added Jun 18, 2008 2135
Field Status Added Jun 18, 2008 2135
Activity Added Jul 16, 1997 6125

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Facility Name Alba Northern Platform
Duty Oil
Operator ConocoPhillips
Current Status Producing since 1994
Host Type Fixed Platform
Water Depth 158 m / 521 ft
Dev.Cost n/a
 
Region UK
 
Location 16/26
Facility Name Alba Southern Platform
Duty Oil/Gas
Operator ConocoPhillips
Current Status Producing since 1994
Host Type Fixed Platform
Water Depth 138 m / 455 ft
Dev.Cost n/a
 
Region UK
 
Location Block 16/26
 
Field Name Alba
Discovery Date Dec 1984
Block 16/26
Reserve Type Oil
Current Status Producing
Production Start Jan 1994
Water Depth 138 m / 455 ft