North Sea Juliet field heading toward start-up

The jackup Noble Ronald Hoope has drilled and completed the first of two horizontal subsea production wells for the Juliet field in the UK southern North Sea.

Offshore staff

LONDON– The jackup Noble Ronald Hoope has drilled and completed the first of two horizontal subsea production wells for the Juliet field in the UK southern North Sea.

According to partnerHansa Hydrocarbons, the well flowed at a stabilized rate of 63 MMcf/d (1.8 MMcm/d) following clean-up, with the rate constrained by the capacity of the test separator.

It has since been suspended and will be connected for production following installation of the subsea pipelines and facilities, and completion of topsides works at the host Pickerill A platform later this year. Drilling of the second well is expected to start this fall.

In advance of commercial production – Hansa’s first anywhere – the company has secured a three-year gas sales agreement with RWE Supply and Trading for its share of production from Juliet. The point of sale will be at the entry to the UK’s National Transmission System at the Theddlethorpe gas processing plant on England’s east coast.

Juliet, operated by GDF Suez E&P UK, is in block 47/14b. The development project wassanctioned in July 2012. First gas is expected in 4Q 2013, peaking at 80 MMcf/d (2.3 MMcm/d). First Oil Expro is the other partner.

7/16/2013

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