Clipper South – North Sea, UK

Company: Shell

EPC: Rosetti Marino

Project: Clipper South – North Sea – United Kingdom


Tratos and Rosetti Marino cooperation

Located off the North East Coast of East Anglia, UK, in the North Sea, the Clipper South gas field and its wellhead platform owned by Shell have been developed by Rosetti Marino using Tratos Oil & Gas Cables to the value of several million Euros.

Clipper South is a substantial gas field with a wellhead platform tied by 12” pipeline to Conoco/BP’s LOGGS Platform from where gas is exported onshore to Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal, 100km away.

As part of ongoing development work, including new production wells, Tratos Oil & Gas Cables have been used extensively throughout the field to supply power, control and signalling. Cables supplied include low and medium voltage power, control and instrumentation cables, including fire resistant variants, plus submarine and umbilical cables.

Renowned for quality, durability and innovation within the oil and gas industry, in which it has operated for over 40 years, Tratos cables are available to meet numerous standards, including Lloyd’s, plus American, British and European standards BS6883, NEK 606 & UKOOA.

Rosetti Marino SpA

Rosetti Marino is the Parent Company of an Italian Group of Companies, providing integrated services to several industrial sectors including Oil&Gas, RenewablesChemicalPower GenerationShipbuilding and Superyachts. Thanks to this Group structure, Rosetti Marino can operate both locally and internationally.

Rosetti Marino Group of Companies provides engineering and construction services to miscellaneous industrial sectors including Oil&Gas, Wind, Petrochemical, Chemical, Power, Shipbuilding and  Superyachts.

The advantage of synergic capabilities made available by different companies is a key factor, which has contributed to the success of the Group and has enabled it to face a wide range of engineering challenges. Each of the above mentioned companies either operate jointly or provide their services individually.

Did you know?

On November 2018 Shell has started to supply natural gas from the Ineos and Spirit Energy-owned Clipper South field into the UK gas network via Shell’s Clipper hub in the southern North Sea.

Under a new commercial agreement with Ineos and Spirit Energy, Shell is remotely operating the Clipper South field and transporting the gas through the Clipper hub for processing at Shell’s Bacton terminal in Norfolk. The gas is then fed into the UK National Grid.

The unmanned Clipper South platform had relied upon the Lincolnshire Offshore Gas Gathering System (LOGGS) and Theddlethorpe gas terminal to transport its gas to shore. The new Clipper hub to Bacton route will help ensure its continued operation after the planned decommissioning of those assets.

“Our Clipper hub and upgraded terminal at Bacton are helping to maximise the recovery of gas from the UK North Sea,” said ONEGas Asset Manager, Anne O’Halloran. “We are keen to partner with other companies on similar agreements to help supply gas to homes and businesses across the country.”

Shell and ExxonMobil completed a £300 million rejuvenation project at the Bacton gas terminal in 2017, enabling it to handle more gas from offshore fields.

The Clipper hub is located approximately 41 miles (66 kilometres) from the Norfolk coast and can transport up to 400 million standard cubic feet of gas a day.

  • The Clipper field is in the southern part of the UK sector of the North Sea in the Sole Pit area. 
  • It is located 70 miles (113km) north-east of Lowestoft and 46 miles (73km) from Bacton. 
  • The Clipper hub produces and processes gas from its own wells, and imports and processes gas from the Barque, Galleon, Skiff, Cutter and Carrack fields. It is a normally attended installation that comprises five fixed-bridge linked platforms. 

Tratos is very pleased to contribute toward achieving Goal 7 of the UN Global Goals to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Goal 13: Climate Action, and Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

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