Erskine field production resumes, Serica says

Serica Energy has informed that production from the Chevron-run Erskine field in the UK North Sea has resumed after several delays.

“Serica Energy plc (AIM: SQZ) is pleased to report that production at the Erskine field recommenced at the end of last week and the field has produced continuously over the weekend,” Serica said.

The company, a partner in the field with an 18 percent stake, said it would provide further update when it releases its results on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

To remind, in its previous update in mid-September Serica Energy said it had been advised by the operator of the Lomond platform – Chrysaor – of a further a delay to the restart of Erskine production pending completion of repairs required to a caisson on the Lomond platform and receipt of approval to restart from the operator of the Forties Pipeline System (“FPS”), through which Erskine liquids are transported to shore.

The company then said production would restart until near the end of September, which eventually happened, as announced on Monday.

The Erskine field, operated by Chevron, is a High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) gas condensate field and was originally discovered in 1981. Main reserves lie in three separate, but generally overlying, Jurassic sandstone-producing horizons. The field has been developed with five producing wells.

The production facilities comprise a normally unmanned platform located at Erskine with production handled and controlled from the Lomond platform operated by Chrysaor following a recent acquisition from Shell. The Lomond Platform lies 269 km east of Aberdeen.

Gas and liquids produced from Erskine are transported to the Lomond platform via a 16in nominal bore multiphase pipeline where the fluids are processed, with gas then transported via the CATS pipeline, and liquids via the Forties Pipeline System.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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