The company is also assessing the Mackerel discovery in adjacent license PL406 license under a second development phase that would include any near-field exploration successes.
Premier has awarded the FPSO hull and marine front-end engineering and design to Sevan and topsides/subsea FEED to Aibel and Xodus Group, respectively. All work is expected to be completed during 4Q followed by a formal investment decision on the project, probably at year-end.
Across the Mandal High region of the North Sea, Premier expects to spud the Myrhauk well on PL539 during the first half of 2015, targeting Jurassic-age sands within a combined structural-stratigraphic trap on the eastern margin of the Mandal High.
West of Shetland in the UK sector, the first production well has been completed on the company’s Solan field, with satisfactory flow rates, and the first injector well should be completed prior to closure of the weather window in this region.
The heavy-lift vesselHeerema Thialf is expected to start installing the jacket soon. The topsides are ready for sea fastening onto the barge and load out to the field. Installation is timed to coincide with completion of the jacket installation, subject to weather conditions. Hook up and commissioning will then follow ahead of first oil.
In June, Premier received government approval of itsCatcher area field development plan in the UK central North Sea. It has awarded Subsea 7 the subsea engineering, procurement, construction, and installation contract, which includes three pipeline bundles, a riser system, and a 10-in., 60-km (37-mi) gas export/import pipeline.
Next year Ensco will start drilling the 14 production wells and eight water injector wells. First oil fromCatcher is due in 2017.
Additionally, Premier is looking to mature other prospects in the Catcher area for future drilling. Next year it plans an appraisal well on the heavy-oil Bagpuss discovery on license P1453. It estimates prospective resources at the combined Bagpuss/Blofeld structures at more than 2 Bbbl of oil.
Offshore Indonesia, the company’s Pelikan and Naga gas field platforms have been installed in the Natuna Sea and tied into the Gajah Baru platform. Development drilling is under way on Naga. First gas from these new facilities should flow later this year.
Elsewhere on Natuna Sea Block A, Premier plans to tie in the 2012 Lama WL-5X gas discovery well to the Anoa production facilities next year.