Timeline

BEATRICE OIL FIELD TIMELINE

To date:

1976

  • MESA Petroleum Co. strikes oil in the Beatrice field

1978

  • Project development approval awarded

1981

  • Oil production starts, led by BNOC

1988

  • BP acquires oil field and facilities from Britoil (formerly BNOC)

1996

  • Talisman Energy acquires oil field and facilities from BP

2001

  • 59 kilometres replacement section of oil export pipeline installed

2004

  • Beatrice decommissioning programme approved by DECC in anticipation of eventual decommissioning, based on reuse of the platform complex by the Ministry of Defence

2007/8

  • Two demonstrator wind turbines installed to supply power to the Beatrice facilities

2008

  • Ithaca Energy takes over Beatrice facilities to aid productions at its Jacky platform, tied back to Beatrice. Talisman Energy retains eventual decommissioning liability

2012

  • Joint venture created between Talisman Energy and Sinopec – Talisman Sinopec Energy UK Limited
  • Ministry of Defence withdraws from reuse agreement for Beatrice

2013

  • Early stage studies initiated by Talisman-Sinopec Energy UK to inform Beatrice decommissioning pre-planning

2014

  • Ithaca Energy gives one year notice of intention to withdraw from Beatrice in January 2015
  • Environmental and pipeline surveys commissioned by decommissioning team to inform planning  
  • Draft Scoping Report for the Environmental Impact Assessment published for stakeholder comment 

2015

  • Beatrice returns to the Talisman Sinopec (Repsol Sinopec)
  • Comparative assessment of pipeline decommissioning options undertaken
  • Stakeholder review of potential pipeline removal options and broader decommissioning proposals

2016

  • Decision taken on timing and shape of decommissioning programme
  • B&C well abandonment campaign planned and approved

2017

  • Alpha well abandonment planning 

LOOKING AHEAD:

 

2017-2018

  • B&C well abandonment
  • B&C flushing & cleaning scopes

2018-2019

  • Alpha well abandonment preparation

2020-2023

  • Alpha well abandonment

 

Timings thereafter will depend upon many factors, but the process will broadly be as follows:

  • Decommissioning programme submitted to DECC, with public and statutory consultation
  • Consultation responses addressed and incorporated into programme
  • Secretary of State invites submission of final programme 
  • Well plugging and abandonment campaign commences (2-3 year programme)
  • Platform topsides and steel jackets removed, subsea infrastructure decommissioned
  • Post decommissioning survey takes place