BP creates over 500 North Sea jobs!
Posted on: 03/06/2016

BP has created over 500 jobs in the North Sea, describing the area as their ‘backyard’. The oil giant secured two developments for the region. The first is the installation of all the major modules for its Clair Ridge platform, and the second is with the arrival of Glen Lyon FPSO to the west of Shetland. In total, the developments will produce one billion barrels of oil over the next 40 years.

Mark Thomas, the recently-appointed North Sea President for BP, said:

“The north-east is a mature basin but we are looking towards the future, particularly in the west of Shetland, and we see that as a growth opportunity... And then over course of five days, to have five big modules together weighing 30,000 tonnes sail-out into the Shetlands and be installed into the jacket flawlessly – I mean that’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. For most project engineers that is the one opportunity in their whole career to see that, and here we’ve seen that twice in the matter of one week.”

The jobs created are linked to the hook-up and commissioning of the two projects, with work expected to last around 18 months. It is predicted that it will be online towards the end of 2016 or early 2017.

BP has continued to invest in other developments, and in the last five years invested $10 billion into the North Sea. Last year it also invested $1 billion into its aging ETAP field, securing its future through 2030.

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