Shearwater Gas And Condensate Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: Shell
  • Country: UK
  • Location: Central North Sea
  • Production start:
  • Partners: Exxon
  • Type: Gas & Condensate
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume:


  • Shearwater is a high pressure/high temperature field located 125 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland in about 300 feet of water.
  • The Shearwater Platform is a fixed manned Installation comprising a wellhead platform connected by an 80m bridge to an integrated process, utilities and living quarter platform.
  • The Scoter field, the Merganser field and the Starling field are all tie backs to the Shearwater Platform
  • Gas from the field is exported to the Bacton terminal via a 300-mile pipeline named the Shearwater-Elgin Area Line (SEAL) Gas Pipeline. The SEAL pipeline is jointly owned by the Shearwater partners and partners in the Elgin/Franklin fields.
  • Liquids from all the fields are evacuated via a spur line into the existing Forties Pipeline System.


  • AMEC: Shearwater Platform Construction
  • Hereema: Module construction
  • KWSubsea: Detailed design of 33km of 12"/20" production pipein-pipe and tie-in spools from Starling manifold to Shearwater platform
  • J P Kenny: Detail design of the Scoter Riser at Shearwater and the Scoter Manifold


  • 1991 - Shearwater Gas And Condensate Field discovered
  • 1997 - Approval received for development
  • 2001 - Government approval given to Scoter
  • 2007 - Starling field approval given



  1. 2013 Annual Environmental Statement for Shell U.K
  2. UK Oil and Gas Fields by Approval Date
  3. List Of Oil and Gas Production Platforms In The UK
  4. List Of Oil Production Platforms In The UK
  5. KWSubsea Subsea References
  6. J P Kenny Subsea References
  7. ARCO, Partners Receive Go-Ahead for Shearwater, Elgin/Franklin Projects in UK Central North Sea

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