Serica Energy said today that it had submitted a field development plan (FDP) for the Columbus field in the North Sea.
The company said the plans involved a single subsea well connected to a proposed pipeline running between the Arran and Shearwater platforms.
When the production reaches the Shearwater platform facilities, it will be separated into gas and liquids and exported via the Segal line to St Fergus and Forties Pipeline System to Cruden Bay.
Serica’s plans hinge on Dana Petroleum’s Arran project securing approval.
Final approval of the FDP and the recently submitted environmental statement are expected before the end of September 2018.
Columbus start-up is slated for Q2 2021.
Serica chief executive Mitch Flegg said: “The Columbus Development is a valuable asset and adds significantly to our corporate objective of building a portfolio of North Sea interests. Whilst we await certain consents I am very pleased that Serica, and its partners, are able to announce this important step towards field development today. I am delighted that we have been able to submit this FDP only three months after announcing the selection of this offtake route.
“This development will also enhance our understanding of acreage to the west of Columbus which was recently awarded to the Company in the UK 30th Licence Round. Prospects have been identified using advanced seismic interpretation techniques and these provide additional exploration potential in the area.”
The FDP provides for the supply of up to 40 million cubic feet of gas per day at peak to the UK gas market and 1,150 barrels per day of condensate and natural gas liquids.
Serica has a 50% interest in the Columbus Development and is operator. Other participants are EOG Resources and Endeavour Energy, each holding a 25% interest.