Fulmar Oil Field
|Fulmar Oil Field|
|Country||Scotland, United Kingdom|
|Region||Central North Sea|
|Start of production||1982|
|Estimated oil in place||73.42 million tonnes
(~ 18.26×106 m3 or 114.8 MMbbl)
|Estimated gas in place||4.09×109 m3 (144×109 cu ft)|
|Producing formations||Upper Jurassic Fulmar Sandstone|
The Fulmar Oilfield is situated 312 km east of Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom in block number 30/16 and 30/11b. It is operated by Talisman Energy who took over from the previous operator, Shell at the end of 2006. At this time Talisman also purchased the equity of the other partners ExxonMobil and Amerada Hess. The field was discovered in December 1975 by well 30/16-6 in a water depth of 82 metres. Estimated ultimate recovery is 544 million barrels (86.5×106 m3) of oil. It is named after the fulmar, a sea bird.
The oil reservoir is located at a depth of 3,050 metres.
The "Fulmar A platform" operates above the oilfield. Production started in February 1982 from the Fulmar 'A' platform. This platform is a steel, 8 legged jacket designed by McDermott Engineering and constructed at Nigg, Easter Ross, Scotland. This jacket weighs 12,400 tonnes and supports a topside weight of around 22,560 tonnes.
Previously oil was exported by using an oil tanker anchored to the sea bed. The Medora Floating Storage Offloading (FSO) vessel broke free on the evening of 24 December 1988 narrowly missing the platform in the process.
At that time Fulmar Alpha was host to a BBC crew who, not only, reported on the event but later delivered a live watchnight service broadcast from the platform in memory of the Piper Alpha disaster. Some of the same BBC crew having come directly from reporting on the Lockerbie disaster.
- DECC Fields Index
- DTI Brown Book 2001
- "On This Day: Oilfields crippled after storage ship drifts". BBC News. 24 December 1988. Retrieved 19 September 2010.
- "On This Day: Dozens feared dead in Piper Alpha oil blaze". BBC News. 6 July 1988. Retrieved 19 September 2010.
- "On This Day : Jumbo jet crashes onto Lockerbie". BBC News. 21 December 1988. Retrieved 19 September 2010.