Neptune details drilling plans for three North Sea sectors

May 13, 2022
Neptune Energy expects to drill the Ofelia prospect in the Norwegian North Sea during the current quarter, the company said in its first-quarter results statement.

Offshore staff

LONDON — Neptune Energy expects to drill the Ofelia prospect in the Norwegian North Sea during the current quarter, the company said in its first-quarter results statement.

Ofelia, like last month’s Hamlet discovery, is within tieback distance of the company’s Gjøa semisubmersible production platform.

Elsewhere in the Norwegian sector, a second development drilling campaign is due to start this month on the Neptune-operated Fenja Field project, a tieback to Equinor’s Njord complex in the Norwegian Sea.

Anchoring operations have finished at the upgraded Njord A floating production unit and riser pull-ins should start shortly. Final hookup and commissioning is scheduled for the second half of the year, with startup in the fourth quarter.

Electrification projects 

The Gudrun electrification project in the North Sea (operated by Equinor) is on track for completion by the end of the year.

Later this month, gas production should restart from the Snøhvit Field in the Barents Sea also operated by Equinor, following repairs to the fire-damaged onshore Hammerfest LNG plant.

In the U.K.’s southern gas basin, Neptune expects the gas compression system at the Cygnus complex, currently undergoing tests, to be fully operational by mid-year. Infill drilling is due to start at the end of the second quarter, with the Cygnus-10 well coming onstream in early October.

The second well in the program should begin flowing in 2023.

Later this month, Neptune expects to publish a study with the Net Zero Technology Centre in Aberdeen and Sealand Projects into the potential electrification of offshore oil and gas platforms in the southern North Sea, using Cygnus as a generic case study.

The report will highlight opportunities for carbon reductions, but also the challenges, in demonstrating the commercial viability of electrification, due to high costs and regulatory barriers.

Subsea updates

At the company’s Seagull project in the central UK North Sea, the hydraulic power unit for the subsea controls has been installed on the host ETAP platform. Installing subsea spools and tie-ins should conclude later this month, and the first two development wells should be completed during the current quarter.

In the Dutch North Sea, Neptune plans to shortly drill the K2b-A8 sidetrack and bring it onstream in July. A jackup barge campaign has started, which includes various well workover/production optimization projects.

The company started drilling the F5-A prospect in March, and it expects to shortly drill the Pollux and Clover structures.

For the L10 Carbon Capture and Storage project, Neptune is finalizing a co-operation agreement with the L10 partners to progress to the storage license application stage and to be FEED-ready.

Offshore Indonesia, the company is a partner in the Eni-operated Merakes gas field. A subsea flow module for the Merakes-7 well was replaced in January.

Output from the Merakes-6 well has been impacted by the production of solids.



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