Pipeline engineering, testing, and commissioning operations have been successfully completed for a new pipeline related to the BP PLC-operated Magnus enhanced oil recovery project in the UK North Sea.
BJ Process & Pipeline Services (BJ PPS), a unit of BJ Services Co., Houston, reported completing the tests on behalf of Allseas Construction Contractors SA and Stolt Offshore Ltd. Allseas contracted BJ PPS to deliver pipeline flooding, cleaning and gauging, and hydrotesting services, while BJ PPS was contracted by Stolt Offshore for leak testing, dewatering and conditioning, and hydrocarbon commissioning services.
The Magnus project involves the construction of a $320 million subsea pipeline system that will transport natural gas from Foinaven, Schiehallion, and Loyal fields in the West of Shetlands area to the Sullom Voe terminal in Scotland, where the gas will be enriched with natural gas liquids. This pipeline represents the first permanent transportation infrastructure from the West of Shetlands area. Another pipeline will transport the treated gas from the terminal to Magnus platform, where it will be injected into Magnus field for a miscible enriched gas injection EOR program.
BP expects the $500 million Magnus EOR plan to increase the field's recoverable reserves by 50 million bbl of oil and therefore extend the field's life to beyond 2015 (OGJ Online, Dec. 19, 2000).