Clipper Gas Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: Shell
  • Country: UK
  • Location: Block 048/19a, Southern North Sea
  • Production start: 1990
  • Partners:
  • Type: Gas
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume:


  • The Clipper complex is the main installation for the Sole Pit fields. Situated 72 kilometres north east of the East Anglian coast in the Southern North Sea.
  • The Clipper is made up of five bridge-linked platforms – the wellhead platform, a production platform, a compression platform, a Riser Platform and a metering platform.
  • First operational in 1990, the installation produces and processes gas from the wells on wellhead platform and gas is also imported from the satellite platforms, producing from the Barque (049/16), Cutter, Carrack Gas Field Galleon and Skiff (048/20a) fields.
  • The Barque field consists of 2 unmanned platforms, PL & PB
  • The Galleon field consists of 2 unmanned platforms, PN & PG
  • Cutter & Carrack have one platform each, Cutter QC and Carrack QA
  • The Skiff field consist of a minimum facilities, Skiff PS, normally unmanned installation (NUI), connected via a pipeline to the Clipper platform which provides processing and export facility for the Skiff fluids of gas, condensate and water
  • Gas is exported through a 24 inch diameter subsea pipeline to the Bacton Gas Plant in Norfolk.


  • Sembmarine SLP:
    • Clipper PR Platform - EPIC lump sum contracted project including topsides, jacket and bridges, offshore hook-up and commissioning
    • Carrack QA Platform: EPC contracted project including topside, jacket and piles, offshore hook-up and commissioning
  • Rosetti Marino: Engineering, procurement, fabrication, testing, onshore commissioning, load-out and sea fastening of the Clipper Accommodation Module with integral Utility Deck and Helideck, the link bridge, the jacket and piles.
  • Stolt Offshore: Skiff subsea installation
  • Saipem: Pipeline T & I
  • FoundOcean:
    • Barque PL Scour Rectification
    • Grouting for Skiff
  • Nessco: Communication systems


  • 1988 - Government approval for Clipper & Barque
  • 1990 - Barque PL Platform installed
  • 1990 - Clipper Gas Field came onstream
  • 1993 - Barque South approved
  • 1994 - First gas from Galleon
  • 1995 - Barque PB Platform installed
  • 2000 - Skiff development approved
  • 2005 - Cutter development approved
  • 2006 - Cutter QC Platform installed



  1. Shell, EMS, 2011
  2. Sembmarine SLP, Carrick
  3. UK Oil and Gas Fields by Approval Date
  4. List Of Oil Production Platforms In The UK
  5. List Of Oil and Gas Production Platforms In The UK
  6. FoundOcean Subsea References
  7. Rosetti Marino Platform References
  8. Nessco Platform References
  9. Serimax Pipeline References
  10. Saipem Pipeline References
  11. Licence P 8 - Licence Having Effect Under The Petroleum Act 1998 The Skiff Field

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