Hurricane Energy: Warwick West drill stem test imminent

London-listed oil explorer Hurricane Energy said on Tuesday that a drill stem test would begin on its Warwick West well in the West of Shetland area.

Transocean Leader / Photo: Harald Pettersen / Equinor

“The company confirms that drill stem testing on the Warwick West well is expected to begin today. The company will provide an update on initial results of the well, including flow rates and oil type, following completion of the testing phase,” Hurricane Energy said.

Warwick West is the third and final well of the 2019 Greater Warwick Area drilling program on Hurricane’s Lincoln and Warwick assets.

To remind, the well was spudded on September 24, 2019, using the Transocean Leader semi-submersible rig.

Warwick Deep was the first in the three-well program on Hurricane’s Lincoln and Warwick assets. It was spudded in mid-April and completed at the beginning of July with disappointing results.

The Lincoln Crestal well, the second well in the three-well program, was spudded in mid-July. In early September, a drill stem test produced oil to the surface, resulting in a flare. The results of testing of the Lincoln Crestal well confirmed the presence of light oil, which can be produced at commercial rates. The well will be tied-back to the Aoka Mizu FPSO in 2020.

GWA partners Spirit Energy and Hurricane committed to a work program, which envisaged first oil by 2020 via Aoka Mizu FPSO tie-back, and the FID on the first phase of a full field development by 2021. Spirit Energy, which has recently been put up for sale by Centrica, will take on the role of GWA license operator, following successful drilling during 2019 and 2020.

The first phase would also fund the purchase of long-lead items to allow the tie-back of one or more GWA wells to the Aoka Mizu FPSO in 2020 and carry out host modifications of the Aoka Mizu.

Phase 2 is scheduled for 2020 assuming that Phase 1 is successful and FID is taken to proceed with the GWA well tie-back.

The second phase includes the tie-back of one GWA well to the Aoka Mizu, completion of host modifications of the Aoka Mizu, tie-in to the West of Shetland Pipeline (WOSP) system for gas export, allowing for first oil from an Early Production System (EPS) on the GWA in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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