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Hurricane Energy begins well completion operations for Lancaster EPS

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Hurricane Energy plc, the UK based oil and gas company focused on hydrocarbon resources in naturally fractured basement reservoirs, has provided an operational update in relation to the Early Production System development of the Lancaster Field (Lancaster EPS), located in the West of Shetlands area offshore the UK.

Well re-entry and completion operations for the Lancaster EPS have now commenced under the control of Petrofac Facilities Management Limited (Petrofac), who are the well operator. The operations will use Transocean's Paul B. Loyd Jr. harsh environment semisubmersible rig. Following the rig's previous assignment and mobilisation to the Lancaster field, it underwent a required period of Blowout Preventer maintenance prior to commencement of well completion operations.

The Lancaster EPS will use two currently suspended horizontal wells; 205/21a-6 and 205/21a-7Z, which were previously drilled and tested in 2014 and 2016 respectively. The 205/21a-6 well tested at 9800 stb/d and the 205/21a-7Z well tested at 15375 stb/d. These rates were achieved using electrical submersible pumps (ESPs) and were constrained by the capacity of surface test equipment. During these operations, the wells will be completed with dual pod ESPs.

Dr Robert Trice, Chief Executive, commented:

"It's pleasing to see further progress being made on another element of the Lancaster EPS. We look forward to continuing to build on our strong relationship with Petrofac and Transocean, with whom we completed our highly successful 2016-2017 drilling campaign."

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