Solan Oil Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: Premier Oil
  • Country: UK
  • Location: West of Shetland
  • Production start: Expected 2014
  • Partners: Chrysaor - 40%
  • Type: Oil / Gas
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume:


  • The field is contained within UK licence P164 covering UK block 205/26a in 135 metres of water off the West of Shetlands. It was originally discovered in the 1990s but remained inactive until it was rescued by Chrysaor in 2007 as part of DECC's fallow discovery initiative.
  • The project will entail the drilling of four subsea wells (two producers and two water injectors) tied back to a processing deck supported by a jacket.
  • It is planned that the facilities will not be permanently manned after one year of operations. Oil will be stored in a 300,000-barrel subsea storage facility prior to being offloaded to shuttle tankers.


  • BiFab: Procurement and construction of the 3,500 tonnes Topside and 8,000 tonnes Jacket
  • Awilco Drilling: Drilling services
  • Aker Solutions: Hook-up, commissioning and facility management services
  • FoundOcean: Structural grouting for the platform jacket and subsea storage facility
  • Heerema: Transport & Installation


  • 2011 - Solan sale and purchase agreement signed by Premier
  • 2012 - The DECC gives approval of the Solan Field Development Plan
  • 2012 - BiFab awarded topsides & jacket contract
  • 2013 - Aker Solutions awarded contract for hook-up, commissioning and facility management services


  • Solan is a Jurassic field


  1. Solan sale and purchase agreement signed
  2. BiFab lands contracts worth £145 million
  3. DECC approval of the Solan Field Development Plan
  4. Aker Solutions wins contract from Premier Oil
  5. FoundOcean wins multiple contracts to secure the foundations for Solan
  6. Premier Oil 1st Half 2014 Operational Review - UK
  7. Solan facilities installed

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