Pharis taps KCA Deutag for North Sea project conceptual study

Albert Allan, RDS Senior Vice President

RDS, KCA Deutag’s global provider of engineering and design solutions to the oil and gas, renewable and alternative energy sectors, has won a new contract to carry out a conceptual study for Pharis Energy.

Pharis Energy aims to initiate the first major offshore steam flood project in the world and is currently exploring innovative ways to maximize oil recovery in the Pilot field in the UK North Sea.

RDS’ scope of work on this project will include jack-up screening and selection and the wellhead platform design, the company said on Wednesday.

This work will be executed out of RDS’s London and Aberdeen offices.

Commenting on the contract award, Albert Allan, RDS Senior Vice President, said: “This is an exciting study for RDS and we are looking forward to working with Pharis Energy on this project which pushes the boundaries of oil recovery in the UK North Sea.”

Earlier this month, Crondall Energy was awarded a contract by Pharis Energy to deliver the concept select study for the heavy oil Pilot field development.

It was agreed for the study to cover a range of development approaches for the Pilot field and includes the facilities, marine and subsea scope of work. Crondall Energy’s engineers will develop and assess facilities and subsea configurations as well as various oil separation and artificial lift technologies to determine an optimum solution for the development.

The Pilot field is located in block 21/27a of the UK central North Sea and is estimated to contain 230 MMbbls of proven plus probable oil-in-place, of which around 60 MMbbls will be recoverable in a waterflood scenario whilst 113 MMbbls could be expected to be recovered in a steam flood.

Pharis Energy holds a 100% interest in the field, which was first discovered by Fina in 1989. It has since been appraised with seven reservoir penetrations, including a horizontal well test that flowed more than 1,800 b/d from a short horizontal well.


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