On 11 May 2019 hydrocarbons were introduced into the Aoka Mizu FPSO’s process system. Introduction of hydrocarbons is the final stage of the FPSO’s commissioning and marks the commencement of the Lancaster EPS start-up phase. During this phase, each of the two production wells will be individually tested and shut-in for data gathering purposes. Cleaning and testing (pigging) of the flowlines for flow assurance purposes will also take place during these shut-ins. The start-up phase will conclude with simultaneous flow from both wells for 72 consecutive hours, after which a further announcement of ‘First Oil’ will be made.
Hurricane was established to discover, appraise and develop hydrocarbon resources associated with naturally fractured basement reservoirs. The company’s acreage is concentrated on the Rona Ridge, in the West of Shetland region of the UK Continental Shelf.
The Lancaster field (100%) is Hurricane’s most appraised asset, with five wells drilled by the company to date. It has 2P reserves and 2C contingent resources of 523 million stock tank barrels of oil. The company is currently proceeding towards the first phase of development of Lancaster, an Early Production System which will be the UK’s first basement field development. It involves a two well tieback to the Aoka Mizu FPSO and is expected to initially produce 17 000 bpd of oil (gross production of 20 000 bpd of oil with assumed operating efficiency of 85% following ramp-up). First oil is targeted for 1H19.
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