BP - Clair Ridge: Independent Verification Services

BP - Clair-Ridge - Independent-Verification - 306x172Client: BP Exploration and Production UK (Operator)
Contractors: Amec Foster Wheeler, Kvaerner, KCAD, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Subsea 7, PSN.
Installation: Two Bridge-linked Platforms
Project Scope: Independent Verification Body under the UK Offshore Safety Case Regulations (OSCR) 2005 and Notified Body (NoBo) under the Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) 97/23/EC.

Clair Ridge is the second phase of development of the Clair field which, with an estimated eight billion barrels of oil in place, is the largest undeveloped hydrocarbon resource on the UK Continental Shelf. The field is situated located 75 km west of the Shetland Islands, at a water depth of 150m.

Targeting the 300 million barrels of recoverable reserves believed to be held in the Phase I area, BP and partners brought the field on-stream in 2005 with the first fixed offshore facility installed in the west of Shetland area.

To the north is Clair Ridge, where BP is targeting 640 million barrels of recoverable resources. Clair Ridge will see the world’s first deployment of BP’s enhanced oil recovery technology LoSal®, a water injection method that is expected to deliver an additional 40 million barrels of oil.

Lloyd's Register's role on the Clair Ridge project

LR has assisted BP and their contractors and suppliers in ensuring compliance throughout every stage of the Clair Ridge project. Our expert design engineers have appraised Clair Ridge’s design as well as ensuring PED Compliance. LR’s truly global presence, has allowed us to effortlessly carry out surveillance of the manufacture of all safety critical equipment and ensure it meets the highest quality standards.

Our team at the construction site in Korea has meant that we have continued to offer valuable advice to BP and HHI. This will be extended to the offshore phase of the project, where our world renowned technical specialists will use their expertise to continue to support BP on completing, IVB and PED scope.

As the Independent Verification Body, LR provided:

  • design, procurement, construction, installation, hook up, test & commissioning services to the Clair Ridge Platforms, and subsea pipelines.
  • design, procurement, construction, hook up & commissioning services modifications to the Clair Phase I Platform.

As the Notified Body (NoBo), we also provided Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) services to the Clair Ridge installation.