Nexen upbeat on Golden Eagle

The Golden Eagle area of the UK central North Sea could host a major development project, according to operator Nexen.

Jeremy Beckman
Editor-Europe


LONDON – The Golden Eagle area of the UK central North Sea could host a major development project, according to operator Nexen.

Analysis of three exploration wells on the Golden Eagle, Hobby, and Pink discoveries, along with nine appraisal wells, three drill-stem tests, one injectivity test, and extensive core data, suggest a potential recoverable resource of 150-275 MMboe.

Collectively, Nexen claims, the reserves are surpassed only by Buzzard in terms of recent discoveries in the UK North Sea. The company intends to drill further appraisal wells in the Golden Eagle area over the remainder of this year, and is evaluating development options.

At Buzzard, the jacket for the fourth platform, built by Heerema in Vlissingen, was installed this week. In readiness, production from the field has been shut down, but should resume in mid-September. The topsides will be installed next year, and the newly commissioned platform will allow the company to handle higher levels of H2S injection.

Last month Nexen brought onstream Ettrick in the same region. This recently produced at rates of around 30,000 boe/d, allowing the company to test the design capacity of the FPSO. The nearby discovery Blackbird is still a prospect for a tieback development.

In the Scott/Telford area, Nexen recently completed a new step-out development wells which encountered 254 ft (77 m) of net oil pay. This will be tied into the Scott platform, adding incremental production of 10-15,000 boe/d by year-end.

09/03/2009

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