Hurricane updates west of Shetland basement developments

Sept. 20, 2019

Offshore staff

GODALMING, UK – Hurricane Energy plans to apply for regulatory consent to tie its recent basement Lincoln Crestal well, west of Shetland, to the FPSO Aoka Mizu in 2020.

The latter is hosting an early production system from Hurricane’s basement Lancaster oilfield.

Concurrently, the company will aim for a tie-in to the West of Shetland Gas Pipeline system (WOSPs) tie-in and debottlenecking of the Aoka Mizu, subject to a final investment decision with partner Spirit Energy.

If consent is granted by early next spring, first oil from the Lincoln Crestal well could flow in 4Q 2020/1Q 2021.

Hurricane cautioned that the ability to tie-in to WOSPs also remains dependent on agreeing to commercial transportation terms, but orders have already been placed to acquire time-critical equipment for a tieback next year.

In addition, the company has secured long lead items for a three-well campaign next year on the Greater Warwick Area (GWA). The locations will be determined once a current well has been completed.

Problems with achieving a commercial flow rate from the Warwick Deep well earlier this summer remain under investigation.

Laboratory analysis of oil recovered to surface indicates a light oil of around 40° API. Hurricane believes subsequent analysis will show that oil recovered from Lincoln Crestal is broadly similar to that from Warwick Deep.

The company is now looking ahead to the initial stage of a full field development on the Greater Lancaster Area. Well placement and planning will depend on the results of subsurface and reservoir modeling, but work has started on identifying the development scenario in terms of facilities.