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Forty years of Forties field (UK)


It has now been four decades since the first oil was produced from Forties Alpha platform in the UK North Sea, and transported via the Forties Pipeline System to the onshore Terminal at Cruden Bay, UK. Apache Corporation, the operator of the field on Tuesday informed of the milestone.

Situated 177 kilometers east of Aberdeen, Scotland, Forties has seen activity since 1964 when the area was initially licensed for exploration. In October 1970, commercial oil was confirmed in the field with the discovery of an estimated 1.8 billion barrels of oil, establishing the U.K. North Sea as a major source of energy and revenue.

According to the operator, the field remains the single largest oil-producing asset within the U.K. Continental Shelf, surpassing 2.4 billion barrels to date, and is one of the top-producing fields in 2015.

Prior to Apache’s acquisition, the field was expected to cease production by 2013 with decommissioning operations starting consequently.