Alba Oil Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: Chevron
  • Country: UK
  • Location: 210km north east of Aberdeen
  • Production start: 1994
  • Partners: Endeavour, Total
  • Type: Oil
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume:


  • Alba is a heavy oil field located 210km north east of Aberdeen in Block 16/26a (Licence No P.213) in the UK sector of the Northern North Sea. It was discovered in 1984 and production started in January 1994.
  • The development consists of one fixed steel platform and floating storage unit.
  • The Alba field platform has 31 slots, including 25 platform producers and 6 water injectors.
  • An additional 10 producers and 2 water injectors have been drilled from a subsea template in the south of the field.
  • Alba oil is transported by tankers and the gas is exported to Britannia.
  • The Alba Extreme South project involved the installation of a new subsea production manifold and a five kilometre pipeline bundle and major modifications to Alba Northern Platform have been carried out.


  • Highlands Fabricators: Platform construction
  • BiFab:
    • Living Quarters (144 man) and Helideck
    • Coalescer/Degasser Module
    • Subsea Drilling Template and Docking Piles
    • Alba Extreme South - Caisson
  • Saipem: Alba Northern Platform, Transport & Installation


  • 1984 - The Alba field was discovered by Chevron
  • 1991 - Project development approved by UK Government
  • 1993 - First Oil December 1993
  • 1997 - Alba Phase II project launched
  • 1997 - Statoil acquires 12% from Chevron
  • 2002 - First Oil Achieved From Alba Extreme South
  • 2006 - Endeavour acquires 2.25% from Talisman
  • 2012 - Endeavour Announces the Completion of the acquisition of 23.43%
  • 2012 - BP Announces Sale of 13.3% Interest in Alba to Mitsui
  • 2015 - Endeavour announces it is looking for a buyer


  • Alba is a late Eocene reservoir at ~6,200 feet and lies in a water depth of ~460 feet.


  1. Bifab Platform References
  2. BiFab Subsea References
  3. List Of Oil Production Platforms In The UK
  4. FoundOcean Europe Subsea References
  5. Saipem Fixed Offshore Production Facilities Project References
  6. Alba Southern Area Development Option Selected
  7. Chevron Acquires Norwegian North Sea Assets In Swap
  8. First Oil Achieved From North Sea Field, Alba Extreme South
  9. Talisman Energy Rationalizes North Sea Assets
  10. Endeavour Announces the Completion of the Additional Working Interest in the Alba Field
  12. BP Announces Sale of Interests in Alba and Britannia Fields to Mitsui & CO., LTD.
  13. Endeavour Announces Launch of Marketing Process for North Sea Assets

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