North Sea Development Action Brisk; Plays Expand Elsewhere Off Europe

David J. Knott Senior Editor Fulmar Field's New Oil Transport Route [49993 bytes] Troll A is the world's largest production platform yet little more than a giant wellhead platform. It has throughput capacity of 100 million cu m/day of gas, with output sent to an onshore terminal for treatment. The North Sea may be a mature play, but operators are continually searching for new ways to develop small finds near existing infrastructure and to develop discoveries in new areas at low cost. As they fill in gaps in the North Sea oil and gas infrastructure, companies are also exploring and planning developments in new plays such as the U.K.'s West of Shetlands area, th...

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