Graben Area Export Line
The Graben Area Export Line (GAEL) is made up of two sections:
The Northern Spurline, a 75 kilometre (km) long 24-inch pipeline running from the base of the ETAP oil export riser via a wye (the connection of the Southern Spurline) located 3 km from ETAP to the base of a riser on the INEOS Forties Pipeline System (FPS) Unity platform entry point to FPS.
The Southern Spurline, a 38 km long 24-inch pipeline running from a subsea isolation valve assembly (SSIV) 250m from the Elgin Platform via a wye (the Southern Spurline wye assembly) located 2km from the SSIV to the wye on the Northern Spurline.
The Shearwater platform is connected to the Southern Spurline wye assembly by an 8km pipeline. A further wye (the Shearwater wye) is located adjacent to the Southern Spurline wye assembly and has a spare leg available to future connections.
GAEL is operated by INEOS FPS Limited and currently transports unstabilised oil from the ETAP, Elgin/Franklin and Shearwater platforms to INEOS's FPS. Subsequent transportation in FPS leads to the delivery of Forties Blend at Hound Point and raw gas at Kinneil.
The Northern Spurline was commissioned in 1998 and the Southern Spurline in 2001 and it is expected that GAEL will remain in service to at least 2030.
Both the Northern and Southern Spurlines are divided rights systems and each of the owners has a divided capacity right. Any third party interested in transporting oil through either of the GAEL spurlines should contact:
- The System Operator (INEOS FPS Limited) for further technical information; and
- Each of the owners to discuss commercial terms and availability of capacity in that owners divided capacity right.
The contacts in each company are as follows:
INEOS FPS Limited (System Operator and Capacity Owner)
GAEL Business Manager
INEOS FPS Limited
1st Floor, Deepwater House
Prime Four Business Park
Tel: 01224 084424
Eni Elgin/Franklin Limited (Capacity owner)
Eni Elgin/Franklin Limited
Ebury Bridge House
10 Ebury Bridge Road
Chrysaor North Sea Limited (Capacity owner)
Chrysaor North Sea Limited
The Capital, 431 Union Steet
Dyas UK Limited (Capacity owner)
Dyas UK Ltd
E.F. Oil and Gas Limited (Capacity owner)
Total E&P UK PLC
Total House, Tarland Road
ExxonMobil (Capacity owner)
Esso Exploration and Production UK Limited
Summit Exploration Limited (Capacity owner)
Summit Exploration Limited
23 College Hill
Premier Oil E&P UK Limited (Capacity Owner)
Premier Oil E&P UK Ltd
Prime Four Business Park
Shell UK Limited (Capacity owner)
Shell UK Limited
1 Altens Farm Road
ChevronTexaco (Capacity owner)
Chevron North Sea Limited
Hill of Rubislaw