BP halts Output at North Sea ETAP Platform

LONDON (Reuters) - BP halted production at its Eastern Trough Area Project (ETAP) platform, which connects seven oil and gas fields in the British North Sea with the Forties Pipeline System and the CATS gas terminal, after a problem with its power generation system, the company said on Wednesday.

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It also evacuated 66 of the 134 people working on the platform

"We are working to resolve the power generation issue," BP said in a statement.

ETAP’s production is between 30,000 and 35,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. It feeds into the Forties Pipeline System and the CATS gas terminal.

The ETAP North Sea development celebrated 20 years of production in 2018 and is expected to operate into the mid- to late-2030s, according to BP.

It came on stream in July 1998 with an estimated production life of 20 years. However, a $1billion investment program in 2015 breathed new life into the hub, securing its future well into the 2030s.

Intially seven fields, four operated by BP and three by Shell produced through the CPF. Two further BP-operated fields came online four years later in 2002, bringing the total number of fields producing through the CPF to nine. Two of the Shell fields have since ceased production. Day-to-day production operations of the remaining seven ETAP fields are controlled by BP from the CPF.

In its two decades of operations, more than 550 million barrels of oil equivalent (gross) has been produced from the BP-operated ETAP fields.

P&GJ staff contributed to this report.

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