North Sea Tolmount project heading for first gas

June 25, 2021
Harbour Energy has issued an update on its UK offshore fields.

Offshore staff

LONDONHarbour Energy has issued an update on its UK offshore fields.

Production has been impacted by a three-week shut down at the Elgin Franklin Area in the central North Sea in April, due to the need for unexpected maintenance on the Unity platform; and reliability issues on the Calder platform in the East Irish Sea and at the third party-operated onshore gas processing terminal.

Uptime should improve now that a maintenance campaign was completed: Calder is currently producing 13,000 boe/d.

Later this year new wells are due to come online at Elgin Franklin and Buzzard.

Final commissioning has started at Tolmount in the southern North Sea, with first gas expected around the end of July. Drilling has started of the third of the four development wells: at peak Tolmount should add 20-25,000 boe/d to Harbour’s production.

The company expects to take a final investment decision on the Tolmount East development this summer.

At the AELE hub in the central sector, the LAD infill development well, targeting the East Everest Extension Area, is set to spud in July, delivering first gas early in 2022.

A second rig is due to arrive in the J-Area shortly to drill the Talbot appraisal well and the near-field Dunnottar exploration prospect.

Further infill programs are progressing in the Catcher and Beryl Areas.