First Solan oil well goes onstream offshore the UK

Offshore staff

LONDONPremier has produced first oil from the Solan field west of Shetland.

The first production well (P1) is flowing naturally but at a restricted initial rate. Soon, however, the electric submersible pump will be switched on.

While the Superior Flotel remains alongside the Solan platform (probably until end-May), Premier intends to shut down production again in order to complete final commissioning of the water injection plant, tie-in of the second water injection well (W2), and preparations for tie in of the second producer (P2) by mid-year.

The semisubmersible Ocean Valiant rig is currently drilling P2, which has intersected 1,500 ft (457 m) of good-quality reservoir sands.

During the second half of this year, when both pairs of producer-injector wells are in service, output from Solan should ramp up to 20-25,000 boe/d.


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