Hibiscus on track to drill Anasuria well with Seadrill rig

Malaysian operator Hibiscus Petroleum is preparing to drill a sidetrack well on the Anasuria field in the UK North Sea, following an award of a drilling contract to one of Seadrill’s semi-submersible rigs. 

Hibiscus’ jointly-controlled operating company, Anasuria Operating Company Limited (AOC) is on track to execute and complete the Guillemot A GUA-P2 sidetrack well, a planned production enhancement project at the Anasuria Cluster concession, which will unlock 1.01 MMbbls from its current net 2P (proven and probable) reserves, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

AOC has recently awarded a drilling rig contract to North Atlantic Drilling Limited, a subsidiary of Seadrill. Under this contract, AOC will procure the services of Seadrill’s West Phoenix drilling rig, a sixth generation semi-submersible unit, to drill the GUA-P2 sidetrack.

The contract will be effective for a minimum duration of 30 days which is anticipated to start in the second quarter of 2018.

Hibiscus explained that the GUA-P2 side-track project is an opportunity to re-enter the existing GUA-P2 well and drain additional volumes of hydrocarbons by side-tracking the well into existing reservoirs. AOC is currently targeting to complete this project by the end of June 2018 with production from the sidetrack well to start upon completion of the project.

Hibiscus Petroleum’s Managing Director, Dr Kenneth Pereira, said, “Our plans to further extract value from the Anasuria Cluster are progressing on track. These projects are mainly funded from internally generated funds. The GUA-P2 side-track project is part of a series of production enhancement projects shortlisted for execution in 2018 and 2019 which are targeted to increase production to 5,000 bpd by FY2020 while also increasing our 2P reserves. Together with earlier projects announced, we are increasing production, reserves as well as adding to the life of this asset.”

Hibiscus Petroleum, via its subsidiary Anasuria Hibiscus UK Limited acquired a 50% stake in the Anasuria Cluster in March 2016 and jointly operates the Guillemot A, Teal, Teal South and Kite fields and the Anasuria FPSO via its jointly-controlled entity, AOC.

AOC is 50% held by Anasuria Hibiscus and Ping Petroleum UK Limited. Anasuria Hibiscus also has a 19.3% interest in the Cook field located within the Anasuria Cluster.