Premier addressing North Sea field production constraints

Premier Oil says production from the Huntington field in the UK central North Sea remains constrained, following operational issues on the BP-operated CATS gas export trunkline.

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LONDONPremier Oil says production from the Huntington field in the UK central North Sea remains constrained, following operational issues on the BP-operated CATS gas export trunkline.

Earlier, Huntington operatorE.ON Ruhrgas had commissioned a hydrocarbon blanketing system to resolve emission problems. This lifted production to 32,000 boe/d, but current output is averaging only 12,000 b/d.

E.ON is working with BP to address the restrictions, which will hopefully ease in early November.

Elsewhere in the UK North Sea, Premier expects the Brenda-D3 well in B-block to come back online next month, and numerous other wells have been reinstated at the host Balmoral floating production platform following a successful DSV intervention campaign.

TheBanff FPSO, which has been off-station for repairs, is expected to be back on location during 1Q 2014, allowing production from the Kyle satellite field to restart later in the year.

Premier is in negotiations with two contractors that submitted bids for the Catcher area FPSO, and the company expects to receive EPCI bids for the subsea spread late this month.

West of Shetland, initial development wells for the Premier-operatedSolan field reached reservoir depth on prognosis. Pressure data to date indicate good reservoir connectivity. Construction of Solan’s jacket, topsides, and subsea tank are progressing with first oil on track for late 2014.

Offshore Norway subsurface and drilling optimization started for the Bream project in August and concept selection should follow in December, ahead of submission of the development plan in 2014.

Off Mauritania, tenders are under evaluation for umbilicals, subsea, and onshore facilities for the Banda project.

The Premier-operated Chim Sáo field development off southern Vietnam recently reached $2 billion of oil revenues. However, gas exports have been interrupted following damage to a flange connecting the Chim Sáo export pipeline to the offshore Nam Con Son Pipeline (NCSP).

The leak has been made safe and a repair is under way. Subject to weather, Premier hopes to restore gas exports in November.

As for the Dua field tieback, two out of the three subsea structures and both flowlines have been installed. The umbilical and risers have also been pulled into the FPSO, with the umbilical laid and tied into the manifold subsea structure.

In the Indonesian sector, the Anoa Phase 4 compression project in offshore block A has been completed on budget. All three trains are now fully operational, adding a further 15% export capacity to the Anoa facilities.

The Pelikan and Naga wellhead platforms have been installed, with subsea installations and tie-ins in progress. Premier expects first gas from both fields during the second half of 2014.

Finally, work continues on the Premier-operatedSea Lion FPSO development in the offshore North Falkland basin, with the aim of moving to front-end engineering design in early 2014. Another contract has been let to study a development option based on a TLP.

10/23/2013

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