Hurricane Energy said today that offshore installation work had begun on the Lancaster field’s early production system.
The Far Superior construction vessel installed and secured two horizontal Christmas trees at the site, west of Shetland, and is now scheduled to demobilise.
Trees are sets of valves, spools and fittings connected to the top of a well to direct and control the flow of formation fluids from the well.
Additional logistical work is taking place at the field ahead of the installation of the turret mooring system for the Aoka Mizu floating production, offloading and storage vessel.
Hurricane chief executive Robert Trice said: “I’m delighted to see the start of the installation phase of the project with activity beginning to take place offshore. All workstreams are proceeding well; we remain on budget and on schedule for first oil in H1 2019.”
The early production system is intended to give Hurricane insight into the reservoir characteristics, helping it make an informed decision on a full field development.
Lancaster is thought to have contingent resources in excess of 500million barrels of oil.