A stabilised flow rate of 58.4 million ft3/d of gas and 135 bpd of condensate has been achieved through a 60/64ths in. choke. This rate was constrained by the surface well test equipment on board the WilPhoenix semi-submersible drilling rig and it is expected that the well will be able to produce at higher rates when in production.
A diving support vessel has been contracted to install the subsea control equipment required so the well can start producing in 3Q21.
The successful recompletion of R3 will increase the Rhum production capacity utilising the existing facilities located on the Bruce platform and will, therefore, not lead to significant additional CO2 emissions. This is in line with Serica’s stated objective of reducing the carbon intensity (i.e. CO2 per barrel of oil equivalent) of its production operations.
Mitch Flegg, Chief Executive of Serica Energy, commented: “Operations on R3 have proved more challenging than expected but the skill and dedication of our operational team has enabled us to achieve this welcome result. The volumes flowed during the test are equivalent to over 10 000 boe/d which demonstrates the quality of the Rhum asset.
It was always expected that the flow test results would be constrained by the surface test equipment, but initial analysis of the data recovered indicates that the flow potential of the well is at the upper end of our range of expectations.
The third Rhum well will enable enhanced production rates from the field and will provide redundancy to support production from the other two Rhum wells.”
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