Premier stepping up drilling in North Sea Catcher Area

Premier Oil expects to sanction development before mid-year of the Catcher North and Laverda oil accumulations in the UK central North Sea.

Offshore staff

LONDON – Premier Oil expects to sanction development before mid-year of the Catcher North and Laverda oil accumulations in the UK central North Sea.

This will involve drilling two wells from a shared drill center, both tied back to the Varadero field facilities (part of theCatcher Area development).

Drilling should start in mid-2020 with first oil targeted for early 2021.

In addition, the company plans an infill well on Varadero targeting resources beyond the reach of the initial two production wells. A 4D seismic survey across the Catcher Area this spring should help confirm further potential infill well locations.

Elsewhere in this region, strong performance from the Balmoral Area, comprising theBalmoral, Brenda, Nicol and Stirling fields, combined with cost control measures have allowed Premier to defer cessation of production until 2021.

The lease of the Banff FPSO, which handles the Kyle field’s production, has been extended to August 2019.

In the southern UK North Sea, the company has terminated gas production from the Rita and Hunter fields following ConocoPhillips’ closure of theTheddlethorpe gas processing terminal on the Lincolnshire coast.  

Nearby, a 3D seismic survey across the Greater Tolmount Area should get under way later this month. It should help optimize development drilling at the Tolmount Main field and the location for the potential Tolmount Far East exploration well.

Construction of the minimal facilities platform for theTolmount Main gas project started last December at Rosetti Marino’s Ravenna yard with fabrication of the primary structural steel and nodes and rolling of the tubulars.

Detailed engineering and procurement are also in progress for the trees, wellheads, and subsea pipeline.

At Easington, Centrica’s onshore gas reception terminal, preparations have started for modifications to receive Tolmount gas.

The four-well development drilling program is due to start in mid-2020 with the first well set to come onstream in 4Q that year.

03/07/2019

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