January 26, 2018

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) is transforming its Eider platform and ensuring continued production from the Otter field as part of its strategy to maximise economic recovery and extend the life of its oil and gas fields in the northern North Sea (NNS).
The late life extension strategy involves converting the TAQA-operated Eider Alpha platform – which is no longer economically viable as a production platform – into a utility platform as part of a wider programme designed to extend the life of TAQA’s wider NNS infrastructure in the years ahead.
A bypass project, successfully completed in late 2017, now redirects production from the Otter field – which previously produced to Eider – to the TAQA-operated North Cormorant platform. As a result, the life of both the Otter field and the North Cormorant platform wells are being extended.
Donald Taylor, TAQA Europe’s Managing Director explains: “In utility mode Eider will continue to provide power, chemical and system support to enable production from the Otter field, which continues to provide significant value to our business. In addition, a plug and abandonment programme on the Eider wells is currently underway, with a planned removal of all significant hydrocarbons from the platform during the second half of 2018.”
Production on Eider ceased in early January and the transition to utility mode will take place during 2018.
TAQA operates five platforms which produce from 13 fields spread across the Northern North Sea and the Central North Sea and it also owns equity in fields which are operated by others in the Central North Sea. TAQA’s total average daily production for 2014 was 61.4 mboe/d.
TAQA is the operator of the Brent Pipeline which connects its operated Cormorant Alpha platform back to the BP-operated Sullom Voe Terminal. The Brent System Pipeline carries approximately 90,000 bpd of oil, or approximately 10% of the UK’s oil production. (Source and image: TAQA)