GODALMING, UK – Hurricane Energy has confirmed an oil discovery from its Lincoln Crestal well west of Shetland, drilled by the semisub Transocean Leader.
During testing, the 205/26b-14 well delivered a maximum stable flow rate of 9,800 b/d of light, 43° API oil with the assistance of on an electric submersible pump, with no associated formation water.
Lincoln Crestal was the second of three wells this year on the Greater Warwick Area (GWA).
It was spudded on July 12 and drilled to 1,780 m (5,840 ft) TVDSS, with a 720-m (2,362-ft) horizontal section through fractured basement reservoir.
The well will now be suspended, subject to regulatory approval, with long-term gauges fitted to test interference with future GWA wells.
Pending further technical applications, consents and a final investment decision with partner Spirit Energy, Hurricane plans to tie the well back to the FPSO Aoka Mizu (currently performing an early production test on the Lancaster field) in 2020.
Production from the tieback would provide reservoir data for planning of future development phases.
The Transocean Leader will next drill the 204/30b-A ‘Warwick West’ well.
Hurricane CEO Dr. Robert Trice said: “Based on the result of the 2016 Lincoln well, RPS Energy assigned 2C contingent resources of 604 MMboe to Lincoln. This successful result brings us closer to monetizing this huge resource.”