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21 October 2015: Centrica makes concept selection for Butch Oil Field

21 October 2015

Centrica and its partners have decided that the Butch discovery in the North Sea will be developed as a subsea tie-in to the Ula field. 

With the selected subsea tie-in concept the Butch well stream will be transported to the BP operated Ula platform where processing will be performed. The Butch oil will be exported via the Ula oil export pipeline to Ekofisk and onwards into Norpipe to Teeside terminal in England. The produced gas from Butch will be injected into the Ula Field reservoir to improve oil recovery.

Centrica and partners Suncor Energy, Faroe Petroleum and Tullow Oil evaluated several options for the development of PL405 Butch with two alternatives at the end; a subsea tie-back to Ula, or a standalone production jack-up solution. The target of the concept evaluation was to develop the Butch resources utilising environmentally friendly and proven field technology to ensure a safe and economically sound development.

The Butch field was discovered in 2011 and is located in the Norwegian part of the North Sea, approximately 13 kilometres east of the Ula field. Recoverable reserves are estimated to be between 27 million and 51 million barrels of oil equivalent, of which 95 per cent is oil. Production is planned to start in 2019, with a peak production of 35,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Total estimated investments in the Butch project is estimated to be between 6 and 7 billion Norwegian kroner, equivalent to between £500 million and £600 million. Final investment decision is expected in late 2016.

Centrica Energy Norway is operator of the license with a 40 percent share. Partners are Suncor Energy (30 per cent share), and Faroe Petroleum and Tullow Oil (15 per cent each).


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