The Simpson oil field is produced via two remotely controlled mini platforms, Simpson A and B with a pipeline bundle back to Varanus Island production infrastructure.
The development has pipeline capacity for up to 50,000 bbls/d. This is designed to accommodate planned future production from the Gibson and South Plato oil fields and hopefully other discoveries in the area. The development was completed at a total cost of around A$30 million being moderately over budget essentially due to the introduction of extra precautionary platform design and pipe lay techniques.
Substantial enhancements have recently been made to the Varanus Island oil and gas processing facilities in anticipation of increased through-puts of both oil and gas. Enhancements include upgrading the liquids handling capacity to 100,000 bpd (in progress), a new state of the art control building, increased power supply, with plans to increase the HJV's gas processing capacity early next year.
Numerous other prospects in this area are on the drilling schedule for early 2002, commencing with Victoria-1 in January. Harriet Joint Venture Participants Participants are: Tap Oil Limited with a 12.2229% interest; Apache Energy Limited as operator with a 68.5% interest and Kufpec Australia with the remaining 19.2771%.
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