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North Sea oil field to keep producing for decades

Paul Ward, The Scotsman

One of the North Sea’s most complex developments will continue to produce oil and gas for another 20 years, operators have said.

The Eastern Trough Area Project (ETAP) is made up of multiple fields sharing a central processing facility.

It opened 20 years ago and is now expected to operate into the mid to late 2030s under as a “poster child” of the Oil & Gas Authority’s maximising economic recovery strategy.

Dr Andy Samuel, chief executive of the Oil and Gas Authority, added: “ETAP stands out as one of the great maximising economic recovery strategy (MER UK) stories – a ‘poster child’ for MER UK, even before the concept existed.

“Most impressive has been the great leadership and collaboration from the owners, investing significantly over decades to unlock substantial value in innovative partnership with service companies.

“The area still has an exciting future, with plenty to play for and the potential for further discoveries to be tied back.”