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captain achieves 300 million barrel milestone

This summer, Chevron’s Captain Field in the U.K. North Sea achieved a major milestone when it produced its 300 millionth barrel of oil.

“This represents another major milestone in the history of the Captain Field and is testament to the continued hard work required from all involved in taking Captain’s production safely and efficiently to market,” said Paul Jamieson, Captain asset manager.

Members of Chevron’s offshore workforce on board the Captain wellhead protector platform celebrate milestone.
Offloading crew of Captain Field celebrate 300 million barrels.

Members of Chevron’s offshore workforce on board the Captain wellhead protector platform (top) and floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (bottom) celebrate the recent milestone.

The Captain Field was developed in three phases with first production achieved in March 1997, thanks to key technology developments in horizontal drilling, down-hole pumps and heavy oil processing. Field development was and has continued to be undertaken through further extended reach drilling, subsea expansion, novel artificial lift systems and active platform and subsea well in-fill drilling and completion programmes to access new areas, sustain production and increase resource capture.

The Captain team’s commitment to maximising the recovery from the field has recently been shown through the teams delivery of all time high water injection levels, highest ever production efficiency, and within the last couple of months, completion of key turnaround work scopes without incident, seven days ahead of schedule – a tremendous achievement for all involved.

“The Captain onshore and offshore teams have remained focused on incident free operations which is evident through the excellent performance and statistics that have been recorded, despite the complex and frequent operations being undertaken”, added Paul.

In recognition of the recent achievement celebrations were held both on and offshore. As well as achieving its 300 millionth barrel of oil, Captain also celebrated 20 years since the Wellhead Protector Platform was installed and the floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) was constructed.

Speaking at the onshore celebration, Graham Clark, marine control operator on the Captain Field said: “I’ve been fortunate to have been part of Captain’s journey from construction of the FPSO in 1996 to the enhanced oil recovery pilots. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with fantastic people and had some great experiences. While my contribution to this journey is coming to an end, as I retire soon, I wish the Captain team, both onshore and offshore, success with the continued development of this field.”

Greta Lydecker, managing director of Chevron Upstream Europe, added a few words of congratulation: “I would like to personally recognise and thank all involved over the years, both offshore and onshore in helping the Captain Field reach this major milestone. This milestone is a clear example of the strong operational discipline and application of new ideas and technology to deliver strong performance over the years and there is much more to come from Captain. I encourage team members to remain focused on operating safely and reliably as we continue to improve its recovery in the years ahead.”