GODALMING, UK – Hurricane Energy has issued an update on the early production system at the basement Lancaster oil field west of Shetland.
One of the two wells, 205/21a-6, has been producing on its own since May 17 at around 10,300 b/d with a stable water cut.
Last Friday the choke size was increased, raising production to 12,000 b/d. Further incremental rises in production could follow depending on observed performance, as Hurricane seeks to determine the well’s optimal sustainable rate.
The company had been targeting a plateau rate of 18,000 b/d net from the existing two well configuration on natural flow, but interference between the two wells led to 205/21a-7Z being shut in temporarily last month.
Hurricane added that its focus going forward will include the possibility of a shallower oil water contact.
Dr Robert Trice has resigned as CEO, but will remain available to assist the company over a six-month transition period. Beverley Smith, formerly with BG Group, has been appointed as his interim replacement.