Premier Oil: First Oil Achieved from Solan, Offshore UK

Premier Oil plc revealed Wednesday that first oil has been safely achieved from the Solan field, located offshore UK.

No production rates have yet been disclosed by Premier Oil, who stated that the first producer well at the site is being naturally flowed at a deliberately restricted initial rate. It is planned that the well will remain free flowing for a short time after which the ESP (pump) will be turned on.

Following this initial period, Premier intends to carry out a planned production shut down to complete the final commissioning of the water injection plant, the tie in of the second water injection well and preparation for the tie in of the second producer well.

The Ocean Valiant (DW semisub) is currently drilling the second producer well at Solan, where 1,500 feet of “high quality” reservoir sands have been intersected. This is expected to be completed and tied-in by mid-year, according to a company statement. Production from the field is expected to build up to an anticipated rate of 20-25,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the second half of 2016, when both pairs of producer-injector wells will be on stream.

The start-up of the Solan field had previously been delayed due to adverse weather conditions.

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