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Durham Energy Institute


Gannet – A Story of Recovery

28th February 2018, 18:00 to 19:00, Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Palatine Centre, Durham University, DH1 3LE, Cliff Lovelock, Senior Production Geologist, Shell UK Exploration & Production Ltd

After some challenging years which saw pipeline integrity issues and pig transmission difficulties, Gannet Alpha is back in production and proving its worth as one of Shell Expro’s most prolific UK assets.

Faced with a series of process upsets that saw Gannet’s difficulties make the news, particularly during an extended shutdown period, Shell and Esso management reaffirmed their faith in the future of the asset by committing to a multi-million-pound investment in reinstatement of the cluster. The asset team has responded by delivering production restart months ahead of schedule, successive value-adding intervention campaigns on the platform, the first new infill well in nearly 10 years and initiation of the gas-cap blowdown of the Gannet C field. This presentation will give more detail on how this dramatic turnaround was achieved, showing how the team made full use of the twenty-five years of data collected from Gannet to understand and manage field performance and to identify the value-adding opportunities that have been executed.

Success breeds success: Gannet has attracted further investment to continue increasing production through reinstatement and re-perforation as well as collecting more surveillance data in the form of a new 4D seismic monitor survey over Gannet F. 2017 offers the prospect of having all of the fields still tied-into the Gannet Alpha platform being on production for the first time since the Gannet F pipeline leak six years ago.

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