Licence P 185 - Licence Having Effect Under The Petroleum Act 1998 The Cook Field

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24th May 1999

Pursuant to Regulation 5(8) of the above Regulations, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry gives notice that, being content that the requirements of the above Regulations have been satisfied, he has pursuant to Licence P 185, granted a consent to Enterprise Oil plc to the getting of petroleum and the construction of installations in relation to the development of the Cook oilfield. The consent for the Cook field took effect from 24 May 1999 and shall last until 31 December 2005.

The Cook development lies in Block 20/21a, 170km from the Scottish coast and 105 km from the Norway/UK median line.

The Cook Development will consist of a 12km subsea tieback to the Anasuria Floating Production Storage and Offtake vessel (currently serving the Teal and Guillemot fields), two production wells to be drilled, a production manifold, a single 8 " production flowline and a 3" utility line. Oil is to be exported by shuttle tanker from the Anasuria and the gas transmitted through the Fulmar Gas Line to St Fergus. The pipeline and umbilical will be trenched for the majority of their lengths; only minor modifications are required to the Anasuria and no modifications are required to transport the gas to St. Fergus.

The Secretary of State is of the view, having regard to the environmental statement prepared in respect of the project and the comments received from those consulted, that the project is not likely to have a significant effect on the environment, given that the Cook development is a small scale development in an area not known to be particularly important for seabird or marine mammal populations. Moreover, a number of mitigation measures will be implemented as follows:

To reduce the potential for interference with other sea users, the pipeline and umbilical will be buried and an overtrawlable frame fitted to the wellhead.

  • All Low Toxicity Oil Based Mud drill cuttings will be transported to shore.
  • A high efficiency burner will be used during well test flaring operations, to improve flaring efficiency and reduce the possibility of oil drop-out from poor combustion.
  • A dynamically positioned pipeline barge will be used to avoid anchor mounds on the sea bed.
  • In drilling the wells, the use of stringent chemicals will be avoided wherever possible.

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