Tern oilfield

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Tern oilfield
Tern oilfield is located in North Sea
Tern oilfield
Location of Tern oilfield
CountryScotland, United Kingdom
RegionShetland basin
Coordinates61°20′0″N 0°50′0″E / 61.33333°N 0.83333°E / 61.33333; 0.83333Coordinates: 61°20′0″N 0°50′0″E / 61.33333°N 0.83333°E / 61.33333; 0.83333
OperatorTAQA Bratani
Field history
Start of development1985
Start of production1989
Estimated oil in place175 million barrels (~2.39×10^7 t)
Estimated gas in place40×10^9 cu ft (1.1×10^9 m3)

The Tern oilfield is an oilfield situated 169 kilometres (105 mi) north east of Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland, in block numbers 210/25a.


The Tern field was discovered in April 1975 in a water depth of 167 metres (548 ft). It started production in 1989. Until July 2008, the oilfield was operated by Royal Dutch Shell and licensed by Shell/Esso. On 7 July 2008, it was purchased by TAQA Bratani, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, along with the Eider, North Cormorant, Cormorant Alpha, Kestrel and Pelican fields and related sub-sea satellite fields.[1][2]

Reserves and geology[edit]

Estimated recovery of Tern oilfield is 175 million barrels (27.8×10^6 m3) of oil.

Structurally, it is a triangular uplifted block of the Brent Group bounded by NNW-SSE and NNE-SSW trending faults and sealed by overlying Kimmeridge Clay (the dominant source rock, with debated contributions from the much deeper Old Red Sandstone) and Shetland Group mudstones.

Tern oil platform[edit]

The Tern oil platform is a steel jacket production and drilling platform. As well as processing the fluids from the Tern reservoir, the platform also processes fluids from the Hudson, Falcon and Kestrel fields. Once processed, the oil is co-mingled and exported to Sullom Voe Terminal via the North Cormorant and Cormorant Alpha platforms by the Brent System pipeline.

Well fluids from the Tern wellheads are routed to two parallel separation trains, Train A and Train B.[3] Train A comprises a 3-phase (oil, gas and produced water) Production Separator. Separated oil is routed to a 2-phase (oil and produced water) Train A Dehydrator where further produced water is removed. Oil from the Dehydrator is cooled and pumped via a metering skid to the export pipeline. Train B comprises a 3-phase Production Separator from which oil is cooled, pumped and mixed with Train A oil prior to metering.[3] Well fluids from the Hudson field are routed to the 3-phase Hudson Production Separator. Separated oil can be routed through the 2-phase Hudson Dehydrator and thence to coolers and segregated metering prior to mixing with the Train A and B oil prior to export. Produced water from the Production Separators and Dehydrators is treated before disposal overboard. Gas from the Separators is co-mingled and compressed in three stages of compression. Fuel gas is taken from the discharge of the second stage of compression. Compressed gas is used for gas-lifting both the Tern and Hudson oil production wells. Gas is treated in a treatment packing prior to metering and export by pipeline.[3]

The Hudson Field which is located in 210/24, started producing over the platform in 1993. The most recent addition to the Tern platform was the Kestrel Field, located in 211/21a, this small subsea tieback started production in 2001.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Abu Dhabi national energy company pjsc (taqa) agrees to purchase north sea assets from shell u.k. ltd and esso exploration and production u.k. ltd". Al Bawaba. 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2009-03-21.
  2. ^ Lin Noueihed (2008-07-07). "Abu Dhabi's Taqa buys Shell, Exxon North Sea interests". Reuters. Retrieved 2010-02-09.
  3. ^ a b c Hydrocarbon Facilities - Oil Process and Export System diagram (March 2000)