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BP extends life of North Sea platform

Oct. 17, 2012 at 9:23 AM   |   Comments

LONDON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- British energy company BP announced it was able to extend the life of a North Sea oil platform through the installation of a new processing unit.

BP said it installed a 700-ton processing unit at its Andrew platform, located about 140 miles off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland. The platform is reserved for the Kinnoull and Andrew reservoirs in the North Sea.

"The Kinnoull field is one of three reservoirs that are being developed as part of the rejuvenation of the Andrew area," the energy company stated. "The reservoir will be connected to BP's Andrew platform and will enable production there to be extended by a further decade."

BP's regional President Trevor Garlick said the installation is a "clear example" of the country's strategy for development North Sea reserves. About 90 percent of the $1.1 billion invested in the project was spent domestically, he added.

Production from the regional reservoirs is expected to peak at around 45,000 barrels per day. The platform, since operations began in 1996, has processed more than 200 million barrels of oil.

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