Erskine Field Production Start-Up Delayed

Serica Energy plcs revealed Tuesday that the re-commencement of full, continuous production from the Erskine field has been delayed.

Production from the field restarted Jul. 27 following a prolonged offline period that was used to clear a blocked pipeline and undertake planned maintenance on the Lomond platform, which provides treatment and export facilities to Erskine.

Erskine production was built up for a short period to flush the Lomond/Everest condensate export line and establish full flow through the system before being temporarily suspended for final clean-up operations and for the re-commissioning of Lomond platform facilities to be completed. Initial field production rates of over 4,300 barrels of oil equivalent per day net to Serica were achieved in this period, supporting the capability of the Erskine reservoir and Erskine wells to deliver at high rates.

Shell, as operator of the Lomond platform, has now advised Serica that re-commissioning of the Lomond export facilities, which was expected to take one week, has taken longer than projected and that further work is required on the main Erskine condensate export pump, located on Lomond, before it can be brought fully on-line. As a result, re-commencement of full, continuous production of Erskine has been delayed. 

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