Elgin Franklin Gas Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: Total
  • Country: UK
  • Location: North Sea
  • Production start: 2009
  • Partners:
  • Type: Gas
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume: 60,000 bpde


  • The Elgin and Franklin fields started producing in 2001 and account for 7% of the UK’s production. These are high pressure high temperature fields whose exploitation requires strong technological expertise.
  • Both fields have their own wellhead platform with production from the fields being processed through one central facility –- a production/utilities/quarters (PUQ) platform located on the Elgin field
  • At the time of development, the Elgin/Franklin project constitutes the largest high-pressure/high-temperature development in the world (particularly high pressures of 1,100 bars and temperatures of 200° centigrade) and the deepest reservoirs ever put into production in the North Sea (approximately 5,500 meters).
  • Gas is transported by the Shearwater-Elgin Area Line (SEAL) Gas Pipeline to the Bacton Gas Plant
  • Liquid condensate from the fields is transported to shore via the existing Forties Pipeline System and on to Kinneil for processing


  • Barmac: Elgin Platform Construction
  • Rosetti Marino: Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation, Hook-up and Commissioning of Topsides for the Elgin B platform
  • Saipem:
    • Wellhead Jacket Installation - EPIC
    • Elgin / Franklin Trenching
  • ETPM: Liquids & Gas Export Pipelines
  • FoundOcean: Elgin B Grouting
  • Bifab: Riser Caisson
  • J P Kenny: Conceptual design study
  • Nessco: Communication systems

West Franklin

  • Saipem: Wellhead Platform Jacket - EPIC
  • Rosetti Marino: Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation, Hook-up and Commissioning of Topsides for the West Franklin Platform
  • KWSubsea: Engineering support for the umbilical detailed design documentation


  • 1997 - Approval received for development
  • 2001 - First gas produced
  • 2002 - BG acquire 1.76% from BP
  • 2003 - West Franklin discovered
  • 2007 - Phase 1 of West Franklin started
  • 2009 - Started production
  • 2011 - Total acquired GDF SUEZ interest in Elgin Franklin
  • 2012 - Gas leak incident at Elgin platform
  • 2013 - Production resumes at the field
  • 2015 - Production starts at West Franklin Phase 2
  • 2016 - Premier Oil acquired EON's share



  1. Saipem Fixed Offshore Production Facilities Project References
  2. Saipem Europe Pipeline References
  3. FoundOcean Subsea References
  4. KWSubsea Subsea References
  5. Nessco Platform References
  6. J P Kenny Subsea References
  7. Serimax Pipeline References
  8. Rosetti Marino Platform References
  9. TotalFinaElf announces first production from Elgin/Franklin in UK North Sea
  10. First production from the Franklin Field in the North Sea
  11. ARCO, Partners Receive Go-Ahead for Shearwater, Elgin/Franklin Projects in UK Central North Sea
  12. BP and BG agree North Sea asset swap
  13. UK: Total to acquire GDF SUEZ interest in Elgin Franklin
  14. Status on UK – Gas leak incident at Elgin platform in the North Sea
  15. United Kingdom: Total resumes production from the Elgin/Franklin area in the UK North Sea
  16. UK: West Franklin Phase 2 brought on stream in the North Sea
  17. Acquisition of UK North Sea Assets from E.ON

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