Unlocking complexity, to deliver certainty
Working collaboratively with Hurricane, we safely overcame several technical and environmental challenges quickly and economically.
Although fractured reservoirs, such as those found west of Shetland, were in production in several oil provinces globally, they were not in production in the UKCS. Unlike sandstone reservoirs, which hold hydrocarbons in the pore spaces between the sand grains, fractured basement reservoirs are primarily composed of granite and the oil is found in the fractures and fault zones within it.
Our well engineers mitigated various technical and environmental challenges, to safely deliver a four well drilling campaign during the appraisal and development of the Lancaster field. Dual electrical submersible pump (ESP) completions and trees were subsequently installed as part of the early production system for the field which was brought onstream in 2019.
Due to a delay in rig availability, we adapted the subsea tree installation method from a rig to a construction support vessel and maintained the project schedule. Our team’s responsiveness saved the client significant costs and was recognised by a Petrofac EVE Award. We successfully delivered well operations for a further three appraisal wells for Hurricane’s Greater Warwick Area.