|Country||Scotland, United Kingdom|
|Start of production||1975|
|Estimated oil in place||88.5 million barrels (~1.21×107 t)|
The Auk Oilfield is situated 249 kilometres (155 mi) east, southeast of Aberdeen, Scotland, in block number 30/16. It was operated by Shell UK Exploration and Production Ltd, in 50% partnership with ESSO until October 2006 when it was bought by Talisman Energy, and is now licensed by Talisman Energy. It was discovered in October 1970 in a water depth of 182 metres. Estimated ultimate recovery is 88.5 million barrels (14.07×106 m3) of oil.
The field is named after the Auk a family of sea birds. Myles Bowen, Shell's Exploration Manager in 1970, had a keen interest in ornithology and began the naming convention of birds. There is an (entirely fanciful) legend that it was to be called A UK, as the first British oilfield, until somebody realised that the sixth field would be called F UK and Shell's policy was rapidly changed to name their fields after sea birds. Shells sixth UK oilfield is called Fulmar.
The oil reservoir is located at a depth of 2,316 metres (7,598 ft).
Production started in December 1975 from the Auk 'A' platform. This platform is a steel, 8 legged jacket designed by Shell Oil and constructed at Methil, Fife, Scotland. This jacket weighs 3,414 tonnes and support a topside weight of around 8,000 tonnes.
Associated gas from the reservoir was separated and used to power electrical generation with the excess being flared.
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