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Cygnus Alpha: the platform powering UK homes
Based in the southern North Sea, the Cygnus Alpha installation has been producing enough gas to heat the equivalent of 1.5 million UK homes since December 2016. In this interactive feature, we discover more about the modern offshore platform and the workers who call it home
The Cygnus Alpha complex. Credit: Menno Mulder / Neptune Energy
ocated 150km off the coast of Lincolnshire, UK, the Cygnus field has been producing gas since December 2016, contributing around 6% of the country’s total gas production.
Cygnus consists of two installations, Alpha and Bravo. The Alpha installation has three platforms: one for extracting gas, one for processing and exporting it, and a third for accommodation and support services.
Operated by Neptune E&P UK, Cygnus is the biggest discovery in the southern North Sea for 30 years, and the largest single producing gas field in the UK. It exports gas via a new 55km connection to an existing pipeline, which ends in Norfolk.
During construction, the project contributed £1.3bn to the UK economy and supported 5,000 jobs. It has an estimated production life of at least 20 years.
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