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BP get green light for North Sea oil project

BP have been given the green light to develop a new North Sea oil project.

  • 23 October 2018
  • Rachel Cooper

BP have been given the green light to develop a new North Sea oil project.

Just weeks after the stark warning from the IPCC report, BP have been granted approval for a North Sea project which will target 20 million barrels of oil.

The Alligin development, given approval by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), will involve two wells, which will be tied back into the existing Schiehallion and Loyal subsea infrastructure.

The Alligin field is part of the Greater Schiehallion area off the west of Shetland. It is part of a series of infrastructure-led subsea tie-back developments in the North Sea, operated 50 per cent by BP and 50 per cent by Shell.  

The project is expected to start in 2020. It is BP's second North Sea development approval in the last two months.

Just last week, Bob Dudley, group chief executive of BP, attended the One Young World event and talked about how energy progress relies on everyone around the world having access to energy that is both reliable and clean.

The news has been met with disapproval from several environmentalists.

Dr Richard Dixon, Friends of the Earth Scotland Director, said: “This approval of this new North Sea oilfield for development by BP is a reckless decision that is incompatible with efforts to tackle climate change. This oil needs to stay under the seabed. The world cannot afford to burn even a fraction of the fossil fuels we already have, never mind approving the extraction of another 20 million barrels of oil.”

Photograph: BP