exploration & production in europe

For more than 50 years, Chevron has been a major player in developing Europe’s oil and natural gas resources, and we remain committed to the region’s energy future and maximizing the recovery of its resources. 

Our primary activity is concentrated in the United Kingdom,in particular, the North Sea, where we have interests in 11 offshore producing fields. We apply our technology, technical expertise and experience to operate safely and reliably, unlock new opportunities, and sustain a competitive advantage.

our early milestones

Our origins in the U.K. North Sea date to 1964, when we, along with a joint-venture partner, drilled the first exploration well. A decade later, our Ninian Central Platform was towed into position – at the time, the largest object ever moved by humans – some 100 miles (161 km) east of the Shetland Islands.

our current footprint

Today, we operate the Alba, Alder, Captain and Erskine fields in the U.K. North Sea. We also have interests in seven nonoperated fields: Britannia, Brodgar, Callanish, Clair, Elgin/Franklin, Enochdhu and Jade.

In April 2019, Chevron completed the divestment of its 12 percent nonoperated interest in the Danish Underground Consortium, which produces 90 percent of Denmark’s production from 13 North Sea fields. As a result of this transaction, Chevron no longer holds any active upstream exploration and production interests in the country.

our technology advantage

We operate a Chevron Global Technology Center in Aberdeen, Scotland, which complements our technology centers in California and Texas, United States, and Perth, Australia. These facilities serve many of our major projects around the world, enabling faster deployment of technology, providing new technology development opportunities and increasing the pool of technical talent.

looking to the future

At the Captain Field, which has been in production since 1997, the next phase of development, known as polymer enhanced oil recovery (EOR), is designed to increase field recovery through the injection of polymerized water into the field’s reservoir. Stage 1 of the Captain EOR project is an expansion of the existing polymer injection system on the wellhead production platform that includes six new polymer injection wells and modifications to platform facilities. During 2018, front-end engineering and design work continued on Stage 2, which involves subsea expansion of the technology.

Chevron holds a nonoperated interest in the Clair Field, one of the United Kingdom’s largest hydrocarbon resources. The Clair Field is being developed in phases. Clair Phase 1 was sanctioned in 2001 as a single, fixed platform with production and processing facilities. First production was achieved in 2005. The second phase, the $9 billion Clair Ridge Project, is designed to have a capacity of 120,000 barrels of crude oil and 100 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. The project was sanctioned in 2011, and first oil was achieved in November 2018. Proved reserves have been recognized for the Clair Ridge Project, which is expected to produce more than 600 million incremental barrels until 2050.