BP has agreed terms to sell its interests in the Andrew area in the central UK North Sea and its non-operating interest in the Shearwater field to Premier Oil for US$625 million.
BP operates the Andrew assets – comprising the Andrew platform, the Andrew (62.75 per cent), Arundel (100 per cent), Cyrus (100 per cent), Farragon (50 per cent) and Kinnoull (77.06 per cent) fields and associated subsea infrastructure. It holds a 27.5 per cent stake in the Shell-operated Shearwater field.
Ariel Flores, BP North Sea regional president, said: "BP has been reshaping its portfolio in the North Sea to focus on core growth areas, including the Clair, Quad 204 and ETAP hubs. We're adding advantaged production to our hubs through the Alligin, Vorlich and Seagull tieback projects.
"As a result of this focus, we have also now decided to divest our Andrew and Shearwater interests, believing them to be a better strategic fit for another owner. We are confident that Premier Oil, already a significant operator in the North Sea, is the right owner of these assets as they seek to maximise their value and extend their life."
The five fields in the Andrew area all produce through the Andrew platform, which is located about 140 miles north-east of Aberdeen. The hub started production in 1996. In 2019, average daily production has been around 25,000 to 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
The Shearwater field is a high pressure, high temperature reservoir produced through a process, utilities and quarters platform, located around 140 miles east of Aberdeen. Shearwater's 2019 production has been in the region of 14,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day gross.
The Andrew assets are expected to transition to Premier Oil as a fully operational entity with 69 staff who operate and support the assets.