Ninian Crude Oil Pipeline

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Ninian Crude Oil Pipeline is an oil pipeline in the United Kingdom.[1]


The pipeline originates at the Ninian Central platform in the North Sea and terminates at the Sullom Voe Terminal in the Shetland Islands, Scotland.

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Project Details

  • Operator: EnQuest Heather Limited
  • Owner: EnQuest Heather Limited, CNR International (UK) Limited (63.33%), Chevron North Sea Ltd (2.26%), Total E&P UK Limited (16.36%)[2]
  • Parent: EnQuest Heather Limited, CNR International (UK) Limited, Chevron, TotalEnergies SE
  • Current capacity: 910,000 barrels per day[2]
  • Length: 175 kilometers[2]
  • Diameter: 36 in[3]
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1978


The 36-inch (910 mm) diameter pipeline was constructed in 1975-1976 and received its first oil in December 1978.[4]

The pipeline is operated by BP on behalf of the partner companies. It transports crude oil from the North Sea oil fields of Ninian Central, Ninian North and Ninian South, Magnus, South Magnus, Heather, Lyell, Columba and Strathspey oil fields to Sullom Voe Terminal for processing and storage as Brent Blend and liquified petroleum gas (LPG), from which it is transported to its final destination via tanker ships.[4]


The pipeline is owned by the following entities:[2]

  • BP Exploration Operating Co Ltd (15.33901623% - Operator)
  • CNR International (UK) Ltd (55.13315589%)
  • Chevron North Sea Ltd (2.26010817%)
  • EnQuest Heather Limited (2.71212980%)
  • JX Nippon Exp and Prod (UK) Ltd (8.19397260%)
  • Total E&P UK Limited (16.36161731%)

Articles and resources


  1. Ninian Crude Oil Pipeline, Wikipedia, accessed September 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Characteristics, BP, accessed October 2017
  3. EnQuest (Mar, 2019). "Ninian Pipeline System" (PDF). EnQuest. Retrieved 1/30/23. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= and |date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ninian Pipeline System, BP, accessed October 2017

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