Main building blocks in place for Lancaster production system

Hurricane Energy has awarded FPSO and rig contracts for its Lancaster field early production system west of Shetland.

Offshore staff

GODALMING, UKHurricane Energy has awarded FPSO and rig contracts for its Lancaster field early production system (EPS) west of Shetland.

The company anticipates first oil during 1H 2019.

Last month, the company ratified agreements under which Bluewater Energy Services will upgrade, lease, and operate the FPSOAoka Mizu.

The vessel, which had operated previously in the UK North Sea, departed Gdansk in late July and is currently on tow to Dubai, where it should arrive early next month for the planned upgrade.

Construction has already started in Dubai on the mooring buoy.

Transocean’s semisubmersiblePaul B. Loyd Jr. will complete the previously drilled Lancaster 205/21a-6 and 205/21a-7Z horizontal production wells, starting next spring.

TechnipFMC, which has the SURF and SPS contract, has begun procurement and fabrication of the main subsea components including the umbilical, risers and flowlines and subsea production system.

Subsea installation activities at Lancaster are scheduled for next summer, in advance of the planned arrival of theAoka Mizu.

Recently a TechnipFMC vessel has completed an additional seabed survey required as part of the planning process for boulder clearance around the area of the subsea installations.

Otherwise, Hurricane says that it is making good progress with the UK regulatory authorities on approval of the field development plan and associated consents and permits for the EPS development. Approval should come through soon.

CEO Dr Robert Trice said: “The Lancaster EPS is not only an essential step in planning for the full field development of the company’s Rona Ridge assets, but also represents a substantial development in its own right, with planned production of 17,000 b/d of oil.”

09/14/2017

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