TAQA Bratani have announced the new Falcon field, 65 miles north-east of Unst, is sending 10,000 barrels of oil a day to Sullom Voe oil terminal in record time.
The Falcon field is TAQA’s first new field development since starting operations in the UK Continental Shelf. Managing director Leo Koot of TAQA Bratani’s is very encouraged by the North sea investment noting that it took an unprecedented and impressive time of less than two years from buying the exploration license to actual production of oil from the field today.
The Falcon field consists of a single well linked by approximately 3 miles of flexible flowline to TAQA’s Kestrel subsea system. TAQA has been able to use nearby existing oil production infrastructure allowing it to link from the Kestrel subsea system onto the Tern Alpha platform then continuing on to the Cormorant platforms, finally flowing via the Brent pipeline to tankers at Sullom Voe in Shetland .
The Northern part of the North Sea is littered with very many smaller oil fields and without enterprising ambitious companies like TAQA smaller fields like Falcon would likely not be commercially developed.