The infrastructure code of practice is a voluntary arrangement developed by Oil & Gas UK in consultation with the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Under the arrangement, offshore oil and gas companies have agreed to publish technical and commercial data about the pipelines and facilities that they operate on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) in order to facilitate the utilization of such infrastructure for the development of remaining UKCS reserves. The links below will take you to pages showing the location of infrastructure, technical details and outline commercial terms for the assets on the UKCS where Apache North Sea Limited is an owner.
The field development includes five normally attended fixed steel structures designated Forties Alpha (FA), Forties Bravo (FB), Forties Charlie (FC), Forties Delta (FD) and Forties Echo (FE) and lies in water depths of between 95 and 128 miles approximately 110 miles east, northeast of Aberdeen. FA, FC and FD are self-contained drilling, production and processing units, with FB no longer processing fluids but direct exporting fluids to FC for processing. FE, having no processing facilities, exports its production fluids for processing via the FA platform. FC acts as a gathering platform and is connected to FA by 20” diameter submarine pipeline, FB by a 14” multi-phase production pipeline and FD by an 8” flexible pipeline. Processed fluids are then exported to Cruden Bay and onwards to Kinneil via the BP Exploration and Operating Company Limited (BP) operated Forties Pipeline System (FPS). A Forties Alpha Satellite Platform (FASP) is currently being installed, providing 18 new well slots, additional liquids processing and gas compression capacity for Forties Alpha, and extra power generation for the field.