Novel fracturing technique for Clipper South offshore development wells

Offshore staff

HAMBURG, Germany – RWE Dea UK says development drilling has started on the Clipper South gas field in the UK southern North Sea.

Well 48/19a-C1 is targeting a tight Permian-age Rotliegend reservoir at a depth of around 2,500 m (8,202 ft) and is the first of as many as five extended horizontal wells, each incorporating multiple hydraulically induced fractures.

According to Ralf to Baben, COO of RWE Dea AG, this is a “cutting-edge technology” that the company has applied elsewhere, although is novel to the UK North Sea.

Clipper South, discovered in 1982, is in blocks 48/19 and 48/20, 100 km (60 mi) east of the Lincolnshire coast. It contains an estimated 500 bcf of in-place gas, with first production due to start this summer via a new wellhead platform installed last fall.

Production will head through a pipeline connected to the ConocoPhillips-operated LOGGS offshore complex before arriving at the Theddlethorpe gas terminal in Lincolnshire.

Technip UK will install the 12-in. (30.5-cm) and 3-in. (7.6-cm) pipeline connections to LOGGS in April.

RWE Dea UK is operator of the development, in partnership with Fairfield Acer and Bayerngas UK.

2/16/2012



Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now

Whitepapers

Logistics Risk Management in the Transformer Industry

Transformers often are shipped thousands of miles, involving multiple handoffs,and more than a do...

Secrets of Barco UniSee Mount Revealed

Last year Barco introduced UniSee, a revolutionary large-scale visualization platform designed to...

The Time is Right for Optimum Reliability: Capital-Intensive Industries and Asset Performance Management

Imagine a plant that is no longer at risk of a random shutdown. Imagine not worrying about losing...

Going Digital: The New Normal in Oil & Gas

In this whitepaper you will learn how Keystone Engineering, ONGC, and Saipem are using software t...