Conceptual design and assurance scopes of work have been completed by the company, in partnership with Xcite, Amec Group and Aibel, and has moved into the preliminary front-end engineering design (pre-FEED) stage.

Arup Oil and Gas leader Rob Duffin said: "The Bentley Field is a major asset for the UK but the harsh weather conditions can make the installation of production facilities difficult and expensive.

"The self-installing ACE platform is a proven and safe, environmentally-sensitive, efficient, and cost-effective solution."

Capable of being installed quickly and efficiently without the requirement for a specialist heavy-lift vessel, the platform can reduce overall schedule uncertainty and project risk.

In addition, the platform can be easily decommissioned at the end of its field life, which makes it an environmentally-sensitive and cost-effective solution, the company claimed.

Arup is also working with Teekay Shipping Norway and other key stakeholders to create an innovative infrastructure-based development concept for the Bentley Field, which is expected to deliver more than 35 years of predictable production.