Hurricane Energy steps up Lancaster production

Source: press release, 8 July 2020

‘Aoka Mizu FPSO’ (photo: Hurricane Energy/Ralph Ehoff)
‘Aoka Mizu FPSO’ (photo: Hurricane Energy/Ralph Ehoff)

Hurricane Energy plc, the UK based oil and gas company focused on hydrocarbon resources in naturally fractured basement reservoirs, reports that since the company’s last update on 8 June 2020, the 205/21a-6 well on the Lancaster field has produced at an average rate of approximately 12,000 bopd.

The increase in oil production from the 205/21a-6 well implemented on 5 June 2020 has, as expected, been accompanied by an increase in produced water. Prior to commissioning of the electric submersible pumps (ESPs), the volume of water production from the 205/21a-6 well represented a water cut of roughly11% compared to 8% immediately prior to 5 June.

Following the relaxation of COVID-19 restraints on UKCS offshore operations, on 3 July 2020 the Hurricane began commissioning the ESPs in the Lancaster production wells. Both the 205/21a-6 and 205/21a-7z wells are currently flowing with use of the ESPs and delivering combined production of c.15,000 bopd. The company plans to continue testing both wells on ESPs for a short period of up to two weeks before finalising its near-term production strategy. Further updates, including a stabilised water production rate, will be announced in due course.

The Aoka Mizu FPSO has maintained a high level of operational uptime. A planned annual weeklong maintenance shut down is provisionally scheduled for September 2020.

The 14th cargo of Lancaster oil was lifted in late June 2020, with the next lifting scheduled for late July 2020.