Hurricane disappointed with Warwick Deep well results

Hurricane Energy has encountered disappointing results at the 205/26b-13Z (Warwick Deep) well located in the West of Shetland area. The well did not flow at commercial rates. 

Transocean Leader / Photo: Harald Pettersen /Equinor

Transocean Leader semi-submersible started drilling the Warwick Deep well for Hurricane Energy and Spirit Energy on April 16, 2019.

Earlier this year, energy intelligence firm Rystad Energy placed the Warwick on its list of top wildcat wells to watch this year, citing Hurricane’s pre-drill estimate of 935 million boe (Best Case Prospective Resources), and an indicated 77% chance of success.

Following completion of drill stem testing of the Warwick Deep well, the decision has been made to plug and abandon the well, Hurricane said on Monday.

The Warwick Deep well was drilled to a total depth of 1,964m TVDSS and included a 712m horizontal section of fractured basement reservoir.

According to Hurricane, initial analysis indicates that the well intersected a poorly connected section of the fracture network within the oil column. The well did not flow at commercial rates producing a mixture of drilling brine, water, oil and gas, the company added.

Hurricane and its contractors are currently evaluating the drill stem test data and fluid samples with the objective of providing an update on this preliminary analysis at Hurricane’s Capital Markets Day, scheduled for July 11, 2019.

The rig will now undertake work to permanently plug and abandon the Warwick Deep well and will then move to the 205/26b-B ‘Lincoln Crestal’ well, the second well of a three-well program on the Greater Warwick Area.

Hurricane has a 50% interest in the Greater Warwick Area following Spirit Energy’s farm-in to the P1368 South and P2294 licenses in September 2018, which committed to a five-phase work program targeting sanction of full field development in 2021.

Dr Robert Trice, Chief Executive of Hurricane, commented: “It is disappointing that the Warwick Deep well did not flow at commercial rates. We were initially encouraged by hydrocarbon shows and gas ratio analysis indicative of light oil, however drill stem testing has clearly demonstrated that Warwick Deep cannot be considered suitable as a future production well and therefore the well will be plugged and abandoned.

“I look forward to commencing operations on the second well in the three-well program, Lincoln Crestal. This is now the preferred candidate to be tied back to the Aoka Mizu FPSO, where Lancaster EPS production operations remain in-line with guidance.”


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