North Sea Catcher Area wells to offset production decline

Premier Oil plans to drill three development wells in mid-year on its Catcher Area satellite oil fields in the UK central North Sea.

The Solan oil field platform west of Shetland.
The Solan oil field platform west of Shetland.
(Courtesy Premier Oil)

Offshore staff

LONDONPremier Oil plans to drill three development wells in mid-year on its Catcher Area satellite oil fields in the UK central North Sea.

These will be on Catcher North, Laverda and Varadero. Fabrication is in progress of the flexible flowlines, umbilicals and modifications to the subsea templates.

First oil from Catcher North and Laverda should follow in early 2021: this and the Varadero infill well should help offset natural decline from the Catcher Area as existing wells come off plateau.

In addition, a 4D seismic survey is scheduled this summer across the Catcher Area to identify further infill opportunities and to improve imaging of already identified near-field prospects and discoveries.

West of Shetland, Premier has contracted a rig to drill a third producer (P3) on the central northern part of the Solan oilfield, targeting an unswept part of the reservoir. The well is due to spud before mid-year.

In the UK southern North Sea, the Borr jackup Prospector-5 will start drilling two horizontal wells later in the current quarter on Ravenspurn North.

The aim, Premier said, is to access gas in undrained areas in order to prolong field life until 2028.

01/08/2020

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