Hurricane well flows 9,800 b/d off UK

Hurricane Energy has suspended for possible completion as an oil producer its 205/26b-14 Lincoln Crestal well in the West of Shetlands area offshore the UK. The well flowed on tests with an electric submersible pump at a maximum stable rate of 9,800 b/d.

Hurricane Energy PLC has suspended for possible completion as an oil producer its 205/26b-14 Lincoln Crestal well in the West of Shetlands area offshore the UK (OGJ Online, July 2, 2019).

The well flowed on tests with an electric submersible pump at a maximum stable rate of 9,800 stock-tank b/d of 43º gravity oil with no formation water.

It flowed naturally at an average rate of 4,682 stock-tank b/d.

The Transocean Leader semisubmersible rig drilled the Greater Warwick area well to 1,780 m TVD subsea with a 720 m horizontal section in fractured basement.

It’s the second of three wells planned in 2019. The next will be the 204/30b-A Warwick West well.

Subject to regulatory approval, the operator will suspend the Lincoln Crestal well with long-term gauges installed to test interference with future Greater Warwick wells.

If completion is approved by regulators and partners and warranted by further technical evaluations, the well will be tied back to the Aoka Mizu floating production, storage, and offloading vessel next year on Lancaster field to the north. Lancaster early production started in June (OGJ Online, June 19, 2019).

The Lincoln Crestal well offsets the inclined 205/26b-12 discovery well drilled in 2016, which penetrated more than 800 m of basement with an extensive oil column. Lincoln and Lancaster fracture networks and oil properties are similar.

The Brynhild Fault Zone separates Lincoln from Lancaster. Water depth in the area is about 160 m.

Hurricane and Spirit Energy hold 50% interests each in the Lincoln Crestal well.

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