Neptune Energy begins drilling on Seagull project in North Sea

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Neptune is the operator of Seagull. Image credit: Zachary Theodore on Unsplash.

Neptune Energy and its joint venture partners bp and JAPEX have announced the start of drilling on the Seagull project in the UK Central North Sea.

The drilling campaign which is expected to last 18 months, will involve drilling of four wells for the development.

The wells will be drilled the Gorilla VI (JU-248) jack-up rig, operated by Valaris.

Seagull is located on UK licence P1622 Block 22/29C, 17km south of the bp-operated ETAP Central Processing Facility (CPF).

It is a high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) development that will be tied back to the ETAP CPF, by utilising existing subsea infrastructure partially.

Neptune Energy’s UK Managing Director, Alexandra Thomas, said: “In late 2020, we successfully completed the first subsea construction phase for the Seagull project, that underpins Neptune’s further growth on the UKCS.

“Thanks to a collaborative approach between Neptune, our partners bp and JAPEX and key contractors, we are progressing with the project at pace and have reached another important milestone.

“Seagull is expected to produce 50,000 boe per day (gross) and will make a significant contribution to both UK MER and energy security, as well as supporting local supply chains.”

Gas produced from the Seagull development will be reach onshore at the CATS processing terminal at Teesside.

The Forties Pipeline System will be used to transport the produced oil at Seagull to the onshore Kinneil Terminal at Grangemouth.

Seagull is estimated to contain proved plus probable gross reserves of 50 million boe.

With a 35% stake, Neptune is the operator of Seagull, while bp and JAPEX own 50% and 15% stake, respectively.

In June 2020, the UK-based oil and gas company started a drilling campaign on the the Dugong exploration well in the North Sea.

For the company, Dugong is the first operated exploration well to be drilled in the northern North Sea following the Duva discovery in 2016.