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BP makes improvements in North Sea operations

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Together with its partners, BP has been making a series of improvements to its North Sea operations with the aim of increasing gas supply to the UK and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

First BP is planning to build a new gas pipeline at Shetland’s Sullom Voe terminal to allow more gas to be transported directly to the UK mainland. It also intends to build a tieback pipeline in the central North Sea to connect its ETAP hub with the Murlach discovery, while the Seagull Field, which is being operated by Neptune, will likely start operating via ETAP next year.

At the Glen Lyon facility, which lies just over a hundred miles west of the Shetlands, BP says its engineers have eliminated routine flaring at the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, which serves the Quad204 project. A newly installed system now recovers excess gas that would have been flared or vented, contributing to an almost 100,000 tonne reduction in annual CO2 emissions. After compressing and treating the gas, it is transported by pipeline to Shetland and ultimately to the UK gas network. BP’s team also looked at how excess flaring could be avoided during a restart following a shutdown.

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