BP restart at Ula

Restarted: the bridge-linked Ula field complex

British operator BP has finally restarted partial production from its Ula field platform off Norway after a shutdown of more than two months following a hydrocarbon leak.

Output from the North Sea field was halted in September after a potentially dangerous gas escape from a separator module on the production platform at the interlinked three-facility complex, which serves as a hub for the nearby Blane, Tambar and Oselvar fields.

BP spokesman Jan Erik Geirmo told Reuters that Ula was brought back into production on Saturday but the other three fields are not yet online.

Ula is expected to produce around 11,000 barrels per day this year, with Blane, Tambar and Oselvar producing a combined 22,000 bpd.

Given the shutdown has lasted 65 days, that amounts to a total production loss over the period of more than 2.1 million barrels.

BP operates Ula with an 80% stake, with Danish partner Dong on 20%.

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