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.

Other areas of exploration and production in the region include Denmark, Greenland and Norway.

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 addition, we hold a nonoperated interest in the Danish Underground Consortium, which produces 90 percent of Denmark’s production from 13 North Sea fields. 

In Norway, we are evaluating Block PL 859 in the Barents Sea, where we have nonoperated interests. We are also studying recently acquired seismic data in operated Blocks 9 and 14 in the Kanumas Area, offshore the northeast coast of Greenland.

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

In November 2016, we began production at the Alder Field, a high-pressure, high-temperature gas condensate discovery located 17 miles (27 km) west of the Britannia Field. Alder, which required innovative subsea technology, is a single subsea well tied back to the existing Britannia facilities, helping to sustain the gas condensate field’s productivity. 

At the Captain Field, which has been in production since 1997, our next phase of development, known as enhanced oil recovery, is designed to increase field recovery through the injection of polymerized water into the field’s reservoir. We plan to modify the existing Captain facilities and begin a drilling campaign that includes six new polymer injection wells. Front-end engineering and design continues while polymer performance is evaluated.

The Rosebank Field, our first deepwater development northwest of the Shetland Islands, has the potential to unlock a region that holds a significant portion of the United Kingdom’s undeveloped oil and gas resources. Chevron and our Rosebank joint venture partners continue to make progress through front-end engineering and design – focusing on improved predictability in cost and schedule – prior to U.K. government approval and final investment decision.