Spirit Energy is tentatively targeting a second quarter sailaway for the Hummingbird Spirit FPSO in the North Sea.
The operator finally announced in August that it would decommission the Chestnut field, where the production vessel is currently based, following an overperforming production life.
A Spirit Energy spokesperson told Energy Voice that it does not yet have an exact sailaway date, but Q2 is its “best estimate” as things stand for the Hummingbird Spirit FPSO leaving the field.
Teekay, which owns the vessel, said Spirit Energy has not yet confirmed a cessation of production date for it.
Spirit said last year that the Chestnut field, around 125miles east of Aberdeen, has produced four-times as many barrels than originally expected when it came on stream in 2008 via the Hummingbird Spirit FPSO.
The project has produced more than 27million barrels of oil, having initially been expected to yield seven million barrels over an estimated production life of just two years.
Under the proposed plans, the FPSO will be removed and Teekay will assess potential reuse options or ultimately recycle the vessel under UK and EU regulations.
When the final well was drilled in 2020, Spirit said the aim was to keep the field producing through to 2023.