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Kraken FPSO hooked up, on track

Written by  Friday, 17 February 2017 03:11

UK independent EnQuest says first oil from its US$2.6 billion Kraken heavy development in the UK North Sea is on track for Q2 after hook-up works completed. 

The Kraken development, about 125km east of the Shetland Islands, off Scotland, will comprise 25 wells: 14 for production and 11 for injection.

The Armada Kraken floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel arrived at the field this Monday (13 February) and the submerged turret production (STP) buoy mooring system hook up was completed Wednesday, followed by a full rotation test. 

Commissioning work will continue on the topsides. Reconstruction of the turret area pipework and connection of the risers and umbilicals to the swivel stack is being undertaken, which will be followed by commissioning of the subsea infrastructure. 

The Armada Kraken FPSO is vessel operator Bumi Armada's first in the North Sea. It was constructed at Keppel Offshore & Marine's yard in Singapore.

Over the course of the development's execution, EnQuest has reduced costs by $575 million, compared to the initial at sanction price tag. 

The Kraken field is spread over 42km at a depth of 1300m below sea level, and is expected to hold 147 MMbbl of heavy crude oil, at about 14 API in the 2P probable reserves category.

Image: The Kraken field payout. Image from EnQuest.

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