BP’s Murlach Development Receives Regulatory Go

Project consists of two production wells and a subsea tieback to ETAP.

Murlach map

The UK government has approved BP’s proposed development of the Murlach gas field in the North Sea. The project is a redevelopment of Murlach, which is part of the Marnock-Skua complex, located in the Central North Sea, approximately 203 km from the Aberdeenshire coastline and 27 km from the UK/Norway median line. The field is in water depths ranging between 93 to 95 m.

The Murlach field development proposal consists of two production wells and a subsea tieback to the Eastern Trough Area Project (ETAP) installation.

The project will share existing infrastructure including the Heron A production pipeline to transport production fluids, the Heron wash‑water pipeline, and the Seagull control umbilical. The project also includes the installation of a new manifold, together with tie-ins and a new gas lift pipeline from the ETAP platform.

Activities are expected to begin in the third quarter of 2023 with the ETAP topside modifications, and first oil is expected in the second quarter of 2025.