the alba field

alba field platform

The Alba field lies about 130 miles (210 km) northeast of Aberdeen, Scotland, in the U.K. Central North Sea, in water depths of approximately 453 feet (138 m).

Discovered in 1984 in Block 16/26, Alba is a heavy oil field and was one of the first shallow Eocene reservoirs to be successfully developed in the North Sea. First oil was achieved in January 1994.

sustaining production and increasing recovery

The field facilities include a fixed steel platform, the Alba Northern Platform, and a Floating Storage Unit (FSU), the first to be purpose-built for the U.K. sector of the North Sea. The field was further developed in 2001 through the addition of the Alba Extreme South subsea production centre.

Alba crude oil is offloaded from the stern of the FSU to a shuttle tanker approximately once per month before being transported to refineries in northwest Europe. Alba gas is used for fuel and the platform is also connected by a gas line to the Britannia platform in which Chevron North Sea Limited holds a 32.38 percent non-operated working interest, via a 2.5 mile (4km) pipeline linking the two facilities.

The Alba Floating Storage Unit (FSU) was the first to be purpose-built for the U.K. North Sea.

The Alba Floating Storage Unit (FSU) with platform in the distance

In 2018 Alba produced a net daily average of 11,770 barrels of liquids. Since first production in 1994, it has produced over 428 million barrels of oil.

We continue to implement projects designed to sustain production and increase recovery at Alba. A 4-D seismic survey over the field was used to plan further development drilling, which is expected to continue beyond 2020.

Alba is operated by Chevron North Sea Limited (23.37 percent) with Endeavour Energy UK Limited (25.68 percent), Verus Petroleum (SNS) Limited (17 percent), Mitsui E&P UK Limited (13.3 percent), Spirit Energy Resources Limited (12.65 percent), Enquest Production Limited (6.80 percent) and EQ Petroleum Sabah Ltd (1.20 percent) holding non-operated working interests in the field.