Furie Operating Alaska has completed the engineering design of its planned Cook Inlet gas production platform and has started ordering equipment and steel for the fabrication of the facility, Damon Kade, the company’s president, told Petroleum News today.
“We’re well beyond the design phase,” Kade said. “Our target is to get that installed next year and get gas to the beach by fourth quarter.”
Furie is in the process of completing the various government permits needed for the platform, Kade said. The company plans to install the platform in its Kitchen Lights unit, approximately halfway between Tyonek on the west side of the Inlet and the Birch Hill area of the northern Kenai Peninsula. A pair of subsea gas pipelines will deliver gas to an onshore processing facility on the Kenai Peninsula.
Furie has been using its Spartan 151 jack-up rig to appraise a gas discovery that it made in the Kitchen Lights unit in 2011 and that it plans to bring into production using the new platform. The drilling is also seeking additional oil and gas resources in the unit. In early July the company completed the drilling of a third Kitchen Lights well and moved its rig into position for the drilling of the Kitchen Lights unit no. 4 well.
Kade said that Furie has now moved the drilling rig to Port Graham, in the southern Kenai Peninsula, for overwintering, having drilled about halfway to the target depth in the KLU No. 4 well. The rig will re-enter the well next year, to complete the drilling, he said. Kade said that the well is targeting a deep prospect and that it is too early to comment on anything that the well may have encountered.
Furie also hopes to conduct an offshore seismic survey next year, Kade said.