North Sea field leaps pressure, temp. hurdles to 2000 start-up

The high pressure and temperature nature of the Shearwater field, offshore U.K. North Sea, presented significant engineering challenges as well as those inherent in producing a sales-quality gas offshore.This month, the project is on track as drilling will be completed on the five Fulmar field main block wells whose production will support the platform. In May 1999, Shearwater topsides were installed on the wellhead jacket and the production jacket installed.This permitted tie in and commissioning of a gas line to Bacton, England. Production facilities, being built at Wallsend, are nearing completion and will be installed in March 2000.After 3 months' offshore connection and commissio...

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