ABERDEEN, UK – Shell will commission a newbuild Sevan 400 FPSO for its re-development of the Penguins oil and gas field in the UK northern North Sea.
This will be the company’s first new manned installation in the area for almost 30 years. It will have capacity to produce up to 45,000 boe/d.
Shell said the project represented an attractive opportunity with a competitive break-even price of less than $40/bbl.
Currently, oil and gas from the Penguins field is processed via four drill centers tied back to the Brent Charlie platform, which is close to ceasing production.
Shell plans to drill an additional eight wells on Penguins, tied back to the new FPSO.
Oil will be transported via tanker to refineries and gas will be transported via the FLAGS pipeline to the St Fergus gas terminal in northeast Scotland. In the case of the gas, this will involve a tie-in of existing subsea facilities and additional pipeline infrastructure.
Steve Phimister, vp Upstream for Shell in the UK and Ireland, said: “Having reshaped our portfolio over the last 12 months, we now plan to grow ourNorth Sea production through our core production assets.”
Penguins, discovered in 1974, is in 165 m (541 ft) of water, 150 mi (241 km) northeast of the Shetland Islands. Development started in 1974; Shell and ExxonMobil each have a 50% interest.
Fiona Legate,Wood Mackenzie’s senior research analyst, commented: “Shell and Exxon taking a final investment decision (FID)…in early 2018 is very positive for the North Sea…
“The Penguins redevelopment is expected to produce around 80 MMboe via a newbuild FPSO development. This is the largest FID sinceCulzean in August 2015 and shows market confidence has returned.
“We are expecting up 14 UK FIDs in 2018, Penguins is the second largest by reserves.”