UK: Buzzard field back online following repairs

CNOOC Petroleum Europe Limited, a subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, has confirmed it has restarted the Buzzard field, located in the UK North Sea following its second shutdown this month. 

Buzzard field; Source: CNOOC Petroleum

The Buzzard field was initially shut down in early October for repairs of a defect on topsides pipework.

Following repairs, the field restarted production, but it had to be shut down again on October 16 after an inspection found that the integrity of the repair had been compromised.

In an email to Offshore Energy Today, a spokesperson for CNOOC said on Wednesday: “The topsides pipework defect has been repaired and production has safely restarted.”

The Buzzard field is located about 96 kilometers northeast of Aberdeen in approximately 96 meters of water.

In 2017, CNOOC announced the Buzzard Phase II project. The project was sanctioned in August 2018. It involves the construction of a subsea development approximately five kilometers north-east of the Buzzard platform. This will comprise a 12-slot production and water injection subsea manifold that will be tied back to the existing Buzzard complex. The first oil is expected in 2021.

CNOOC Petroleum Europe Limited is the operating partner of Buzzard (43.21%), with Suncor Energy (29.89%), Chrysaor (21.73%), Dyas Exploration UK Limited (4.70%), and Oranje-Nassau Energie Resources Limited (0.46%) also holding interests in the field and its facilities.

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