Xcite says that the 9/03b-7 production test well on Bentley drilled by the Rowan Norway jackup is now flowing at stable rate of 3,200 b/d of oil and so far the amount of crude oil has topped 47,000 barrels, which has been pumped to the Scott Spirit tanker stationed nearby.
“Bentley crude oil collected so far in the Scott Spirit tanker is in excess of 47,000 barrels of dry oil and thus achieves another major technical objective of the flow test,” Xcite has declared.
“Early data gathered from down hole pressure and temperature responses demonstrates that the underlying aquifer support is strong and consistent, which is a good indicator for longer term productivity of the reservoir,” the operational update states.
The flow rate has been achieved after planned equipment maintenance, testing of oil offtake procedures and work to optimise the function of oil processing equipment.
Xcite says it will continue with the pre-production flow test to “...determine the reservoir fluid behaviour and to gather data to assist in the optimisation of ultimate life-of-field performance.”
Steve Kew, Xcite's chief operating officer adds: “With the Phase 1A work programme thus far having once again demonstrated the expertise and delivery capabilities of the Xcite team, we look forward to completing the programme and moving forward with the important next stages in the development of the Bentley field.”