EnQuest informed it has achieved first oil from Scolty and Crathes development located in the Central North Sea, approximately 160 km north east of Aberdeen.
Scolty was discovered in 2007 by Lundin and Crathes in 2011 by EnQuest. The development plan consists of two single horizontal wells tied back over via subsea pipeline 25 km in a ‘daisy chain’ fashion to the Kittiwake platform, in the Greater Kittiwake Area.
Oil from Scolty and Crathes will be exported via the Forties Pipeline System.
EnQuest holds 50% interest in the development, while MOL Growest (II) Ltd holds remaining 50%.
EnQuest CEO, Amjad Bseisu, said: “EnQuest is pleased to confirm the delivery of first oil from Scolty/Crathes ahead of schedule and under budget, approximately a year after the field development plan (FDP) was approved and the project was sanctioned. This was the only offshore pure oil FDP approval in the UK North Sea in 2015. Unit operating costs are expected to be under $15/bbl in the initial peak volume years and production is anticipated to continue until 2025.
“We thank our partners MOL Energy for their support and co-operation. I congratulate the project team, our contractors and sub-contractors – in particular Petrofac, Technip, Stena Drilling and ADIL – for the timely delivery of this project, through an impressive collaborative effort. The realization of the potential of these ‘small pools’ has been enabled by cost efficiency, technology application and solid delivery.
“The Oil and Gas Authority was set up to enable maximizing economic recovery (MER) of oil and gas in the UK and Scolty/Crathes is an excellent example of MER being put into practice.