CALGARY, Canada – Sterling Resources and partner/operator DEA UK plan to install onshore compression for the next-phase development of the Breagh gas field in the UK southern North Sea.
Front-end engineering and design for this project, based on a gas-turbine driver, is due to start in mid-July, with final approval likely in October. The partners hope to have compression operational from mid- 2017.
Processing of the Breagh 3D seismic data is expected to be completed in September. Currently available information is being combined with production history and results of hydraulic fracture operations on wells A07 and A08 to support an infill drilling campaign. All wells will likely undergo hydraulic stimulation.
DEA UK is negotiating for a drilling rig and associated services and expects the drilling campaign to start in December and continue through completion in 2017. This will likely involve drilling of three or four new wells and re-entry and fracking of two or three existing wells.
The actual program will depend on the results of the seismic interpretation, the ongoing performance of existing wells and the initial results of the new wells and fracs. Fracking will probably be performed in batches to achieve greater operational efficiency and to lower the cost.