Ninian Oil Field

Summary Information

  • Operator: Canadian Natural Resources
  • Country: UK
  • Location: North Sea
  • Production start:
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  • Type: Oil / Gas
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  • The field is operated by 3 manned platforms, Ninian North, Central and South
  • Ninian central is a concrete gravity based structure and the other two are fixed steel platforms
  • The Lyell Oil Field and Strathspey Oil Field are subsea tie-backs with production via subsea manifold to the Ninian South platform
  • Oil is transported via the Ninian Crude Oil Pipeline to the Sullom Voe Oil Terminal
  • The Orlando Oil Field is a subsea tieback to the Ninian Platform


  • William Press: Ninian South Platform
  • Emtunga:
    • Ninian South accommodation module
    • Ninian North - 80 man living quarters
  • Whessoe: Ninian North Platform
  • Charlton Leslie: Ninian Central Modules
  • Wood Group PSN: Project management, engineering, construction and general commissioning services
  • Bifab: Subsea Isolation Valve Spools and Protection Frame
  • FoundOcean: Ninian Central Grouting
  • Acergy: Lyell Subsea Installation


  • 1978 - Chevron awarded development approval
  • 1991 - Lyell development approved
  • 1996 - Chevron sells its stake to Oryx
  • 2002 - Canadian Natural Resources acquired additional equity in the field from Kerr-McGee



  1. UK Oil and Gas Fields by Approval Date
  2. International Protective Coatings Platform References
  3. Bifab Subsea References
  4. FoundOcean Subsea References
  5. Emtunga Europe Offshore Platform References
  6. Serimax Pipeline References
  7. Chevron Sells Selected North Sea Interests
  8. Canadian Natural Resources Limited To Acquire Additional North Sea Interests
  9. Canadian Natural Resources Limited Announces Transfer Of Ownership – Ninian And Murchison Fields
  10. Wood Group PSN achieves significant UK contract extension

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