Ithaca ramps up production at Beatrice

Daily oil production from the Beatrice/Jacky development in the UK Moray Firth has set a new record of over 14,000 b/d, according to operator Ithaca Energy.

Offshore staff

CALGARY, Canada -- Daily oil production from the Beatrice/Jacky development in the UK Moray Firth has set a new record of over 14,000 b/d, according to operator Ithaca Energy.

Last month, Jacky’s oil output was stabilized and the downhole pump rate was increased in the production well. Pressure in the reservoir has risen steadily since water injection started on Nov. 5.

Ithaca adds that well intervention operations, to refurbish and re-start production wells tied into the Beatrice Bravo platform, have proceeded as planned. In one well, inactive since July 2007, the standby downhole pump has been activated and preparations are under way to resume production.

A second well has been fully refurbished: new tubing has been set and perforations added across the reservoir section, and a new downhole pump is currently being installed. Ithaca has retained the jackup Ensco 80 to perform a third well intervention, which will involve perforating across a previously untapped section of the Beatrice reservoir to access an un-drained area of the field.

Partners in the Jacky field are Ithaca (47.5%), Dyas UK (42.5%), and North Sea Energy (UK) (10%). The joint venture partners in the Beatrice field, including Beatrice Bravo, are Ithaca (50%) and Dyas UK (50%).

12/08/2009

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