FUKA/St.Fergus

The St Fergus Gas Terminal is located on the north east coast of Scotland just north of Peterhead. The St Fergus area is the landfall for several major North Sea gas pipelines and the home to the adjacent Shell operated SEGAL gas terminal and the Apache operated SAGE gas terminal, as well as a National Grid National Transmission System (NTS) facility.

FUKA stands for Frigg UK Association which refers to the original development of the cross UK/Norwegian border Frigg gas field – with the 362 km, 32” FUKA pipeline being constructed to transport the gas from the UK part of the Frigg field to St Fergus, with a parallel pipeline constructed to transport the gas from the Norwegian part of Frigg to St Fergus, the Frigg Norwegian pipeline.

The St Fergus Gas Terminal has been constructed in three phases; Phase 1 was constructed to receive and process gas from the Frigg UK pipeline before redelivery of processed gas into the NTS and came online in 1977. Phase 2 came online a year later and was essentially the same as Phase 1 but was built to receive and process gas from the Frigg Norwegian pipeline. Phase 3 was then constructed to process NGL rich gas initially from the Alwyn area (commencing production in 1987) and later also from the Bruce field (from 1993). Phase 3 consists of three parallel processing trains each of around 400 mmcsfd capacity.

The Frigg field ceased production in 2004 following which the Phase 1 processing facilities at St Fergus were decommissioned and the FUKA pipeline and Phase 1 reception facilities now feed the Phase 3 processing trains, with the FUKA pipeline, Phase 1 reception facilities and Phase 3 processing trains now comprising the Frigg System, which is 100% owned and operated by NSMP.

Also following the fall in production from the Frigg field (and ultimately cessation in 2004), the Frigg Norway pipeline was reconfigured in 2001 through a spur connection across the median line to the Heimdal riser platform which operates as a hub for a number of Norwegian gas pipelines. Following this connection the Frigg Norwegian Pipeline was renamed Vesterled and in 2003 it was incorporated into the Norwegian Gassled joint venture. Vesterled transports dry, sales quality gas to the NSMP St Fergus Terminal where the Phase 2 facilities treat and meter the gas before export to the NTS. The Gassled Joint Venture is the owner of the Vesterled pipeline and Phase 2 facilities at St Fergus Gas Terminal. Gassco is the operator of the Vesterled pipeline and NSMP is the operator of the Phase 2 facilities, both on behalf of Gassled.

The FUKA system now also transports and processes gas from the West of Shetlands via the NSMP operated, 234 km 30” SIRGES gas pipeline which is described in more detail on the SIRGES asset page.

Today the FUKA system transports and processes gas for a large number of key fields in the Northern North Sea, West of Shetlands, the Outer Moray Firth and in the near future also from the Norwegian Sector. On the pages that follow, you will find information relating to the services provided by NSMP in FUKA. This includes technical information and outlines terms and conditions for the provision of services.