Hurricane Resources believes that its Lancaster development, west of the Shetland Islands, contains 200 MMbbl of recoverable oil. This estimate is based on a thorough evaluation of the original Lancaster pilot well drilled in 2009 and its subsequent sidetrack drilled in 2010.
The company says that in advance of 2012's proposed Lancaster drilling operations, Hurricane has commissioned a site survey and is now planning for future Lancaster appraisal and development wells. These wells are targeted at improving the company's understanding of the structure's upside and confirming delivery rates from a basement horizontal well.
Hurricane is also working with EPC Offshore on several development scenarios for the discovery. The consortium is leaning towards a development plan including several subsea wells connecting to an FPSO with oil exported to the mainland refinery by tanker.
Furthermore, a third basement prospect on License P1368, Lincoln, has been defined to the south west of Lancaster. The prospect shares many geological characteristics with Lancaster, including proven oil on structure and a well defined basement fault system.
Technical work undertaken during the latter half of 2010 and the first half of 2011 resulted in a prospective well location being identified, and subsequently a site survey has been acquired. Prospective P50 recoverable resources are estimated at 150 MMbbl.
Well planning for a Lincoln exploration well is ongoing with the objective of drilling in 2014.
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