ABERDEEN, UK – Parkmead Group and its partners have secured an extension from Britain’s Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) for the Platypus license in the UK southern North Sea.
The OGA has acknowledged difficulties caused by COVID-19 delays.
In October 2019 operator Dana Petroleum submitted a development plan for the 106-bcf Platypus field calling for two wells connected to a subsea manifold, with gas (up to 46 MMcf/d at peak) exported to the Perenco-operated Cleeton platform via a 23-km (14.3-mi) pipeline.
Produced fluids will arrive at the Cleeton facilities before being routed to the Dimlington Terminal on the Lincolnshire coast for separation and processing. FEED studies associated with Cleeton and Dimlington continue, in partnership with Perenco.
In the Outer Moray Firth off eastern Scotland, Parkmead operates the Greater Perth Area (GPA) development. This year the company has completed transportation studies for the base case development concept: these have identified no technical barriers related to transportation and processing of fluids from the Perth producing wells through infrastructure connected to the onshore facilities.
The company also continues discussions with the CNOOC-operated Scott field partnership on tieback terms for the GPA oil hub project to the Scott facilities, 10 km (6.2 mi) to the northwest.
Under the UK’s recent 32nd offshore licensing round, Parkmead was offered operating positions in blocks 14/20g and 15/16g, adjacent to the GPA.
These contain the undeveloped Fynn Beauly and Fynn Andrew oil discoveries, and a prospect in the Piper formation.
Fynn Beauly, which extends across various blocks, is thought to hold 602-1,343 MMbbl of heavy oil, with 77-202 MMbbl in Parkmead’s blocks. Fynn Andrew contains an estimated 50 MMbbl.
In addition, the company was offered block 14/20c, containing extensions to Fynn Beauly and Lowlander, and another block in the southern North Sea close to the Tolmount gas development.