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11 October 2022

Maximising economic recovery in the UK’s Southern North Sea for Shell and Hartshead Resources

Petrofac, a leading provider of services to the global energy industry, has been selected by Hartshead Resources to conduct an engineering study to define its Phase I offtake route from their Somerville and Anning gas fields.

The study aims to define an efficient and fast route to increase the UK’s energy security by making the most of Shell’s existing infrastructure in the Southern North Sea. It will provide a basis for the design and cost estimate, and the brownfield modifications needed, to tie-in Hartshead’s proposed new facilities to Shell’s Corvette and Leman A platforms. From there the gas will be transported to Bacton for onshore processing and delivery to the UK’s transmission system.

Hartshead plans to take a Final Investment Decision (FID) on the development, including new platforms, in 2023 and aims to achieve first gas in late 2024.

Nick Shorten, Chief Operating Officer for Petrofac’s Asset Solutions business said:

“It’s great to see Petrofac’s considerable engineering expertise helping to maximise economic recovery. Using Shell’s existing infrastructure to tap into Hartshead’s gas fields will efficiently help support the UK’s energy security at this critical time.”

The scope of Petrofac’s study includes offshore construction support for the subsea pipeline tie-in activities on the Corvette to Leman Alpha export pipeline, communication connections, pipework for system control and export route options and control room integration.