A large database of North Sea subsea satellites and minimum facilities platforms is used to derive and justify key drivers influencing the selection process for satellite production systems in shallow and moderate water depths. The key drivers include reservoir fluid, tieback length, water depth (d), and well count (w) and pattern. In particular, it is found that an approximate dividing line between subsea and surface satellite facilities occurs at d = kw, where k ≈ 8.5m and 15m for oil- and gas-dominated fields, respectively.

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