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Virus partly to blame as two pro­duc­tion hubs put on hold

- Business · Oil · Industries · North Sea · Eni · ConocoPhillips · Norway · Energy · Oil and Gas Authority

Growth plans for two of Chrysaor’s North Sea pro­duc­tion hubs have been put on hold due to the Covid-19 pan­demic.

The Eni-part­nered Tal­bot pro­ject in the J-Area, which was due for sanc­tion early this year, has had its fi­nal in­vest­ment de­ci­sion pushed out to 2021, ac­cord­ing to Chrysaor’s lat­est ac­counts.

First gas from Zen­nor Pe­tro­leum’s 30mil­lion­bar­rel Fin­lag­gan devel­op­ment, to be pro­duced via Chrysaor’s Bri­tan­nia plat­form, has been de­layed from late 2020 un­til next year.

This lat­est oil and gas down­turn has forced North

Sea op­er­a­tors to de­fer non­crit­i­cal spend­ing.

Chrysaor said Tal­bot, ly­ing about 138 nau­ti­cal miles south-east of Aberdeen in the cen­tral North Sea, had been made com­mer­cial by an “in­no­va­tive sup­ply chain ap­proach”. It plans to de­velop it as a multi-well tieback to Judy af­ter an ap­praisal pro­gramme.

Ac­cord­ing to the Oil and Gas Au­thor­ity, the for­mer Cono­coPhillips prospect has prob­a­ble re­sources of 13 mil­lion bar­rels of re­cov­er­able oil equiv­a­lent and 44m bar­rels of “stock tank” oil ini­tially in place, with “po­ten­tial up­side” in nearby dis­cov­er­ies.

Chrysaor said it would fo­cus this year on mod­i­fy­ing fa­cil­i­ties ahead of sanc­tion­ing

Tal­bot.

Aside from J-Area and Bri­tan­nia, op­por­tu­ni­ties are be­ing sought at Chrysaor’s Ar­mada hub, which saw pro­duc­tion boosted by around 5,000 bar­rels per day in 2019 – partly due to two new wells from the Maria field.

The firm is plan­ning a new well, Sey­mour Horst, at Ar­mada in the sec­ond quar­ter of this year, while con­sid­er­ing an­other from North West Sey­mour area.

Ar­mada could also be used as an ex­port route for Okea’s Grevling dis­cov­ery in Nor­way, as well a tieback op­tion for two new prospects, Jerv and Ilder, that were due to be drilled this year but were pushed back by Covid-19.

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