Fyne firmed up for FPSO

After completing the latest appraisal well on the UK Fyne field Antrim Energy has confirmed it is looking to exploit the field with a floating production storage and offloading vessel.

Antrim, which is already working on development of the UK Northern North Sea Causeway field, confirmed in its second quarter and first half results that it is actively seeking a floating production unit in the market which could serve its Fyne field development.

“The Fyne Field is on trend with several other Tay fields in the area, including the Guillemot, Pict and Saxon developments,” Antrim stated. “Oil from the Fyne field, similar to adjacent fields, is likely to be produced through a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) system and Antrim is actively searching for a suitable vessel.”

This month Antrim completed drilling a sidetrack to its latest Fyne appraisal well, 21/28a-10z which was drilled towards the southeast of the field area. This latest well has tested at up to 4,000 b/d of oil and an additional 13.7 m (45 ft) of gas pay has been encountered in the hole in Upper Tay sandstone and this has not been tested.

No oil/water or gas/oil contacts were observed in either the sidetrack or the original 21/28a-10 well.

“These test results are indicative of the very high reservoir quality Tay Sandstones drilled in this area. It is anticipated that the sidetrack would be the final drilling operation before the Fyne partnership would apply for FDP approval from DBERR,” said Antrim.

Three appraisals have been drilled on Fyne this year: In April Antrim completed 21/28a-9 with one main bore and two sidetracks, which has indicated 19.8 m (65 ft) of net oil pay and 9/14 m (30 ft) of net gas pay, and with a 60 degree well angle on one of the legs, resulted in 36.58 m, (120 ft) of net wellbore oil pay and 14,32 n (47 ft) of net gas pay.

In July Antrim drilled an appraisal on the western lobe of the field, 21/28a-10 which resulted in 9.75 m (32 ft) of net oil pay, similar to the original Fyne discovery well, 21/28a-2.

Fyne is about 20 km (12.5 miles) from existing infrastructure serving other fields in the area, including the Bittern and Guillemot cluster, which produce via the Triton FPSO, located in block 21/30.

The Triton FPSP is operated by Hess, and owned by Petro-Canada with 33%, Shell 26%, Esso 20%, Hess 19%, and Paladin 2%.