Oil firm Hurricane Energy’s efforts to start production from its Lancaster field, west of Shetland, have suffered a setback.
Hurricane said the floating production vessel for Lancaster had been forced to return to the Cromarty Firth after running into difficulties during the hook-up phase.
On Friday, the rope being used to pull in the buoy for the Aoka Mizu FPSO became snagged and the hook-up operation was postponed, the London-headquartered company said.
The rope was eventually freed and the buoy returned to its starting position.
With weather conditions expected to worsen, Aoka Mizu has returned to the Cromarty Firth to complete remediation work on the buoy pull-in system.
Hurricane said it would provide an update once hook-up has been completed.
Lancaster — 100%-owned by Hurricane — is thought to hold 523 million stock tank barrels of oil.
The company intends to develop the field in phases.
Initially, Hurricane will use an early production system (EPS) to help assess whether it can progress to a full field development.
The EPS, which involves tying two wells back to the Aoka Mizu unit, should produce 17,000 barrels of oil per day.
First oil is on the slate for the first half of this year.