NEWS BULLETIN

May 21, 2019 --- Vol. 25, No.18May 2019

Kitchen Lights output climbs

Furie Operating Alaska’s natural gas production at the Cook Inlet Kitchen Lights unit continues to increase, per numbers released today by the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

Two wells are now online in the 83,394-acre unit, as compared to just one a month ago and four in December.

AOGCC reported that as of April 20, KLU-3 is up to a daily average of 238,316 thousand cubic feet as compared to 68,651 mcf as of March 20, 1,886 mcf as of Feb. 20, 290,425 as of Dec. 20, and 290,279 mcf as of June 20, 2018.

KLU A-2A has come back online and for 27 days produced an average of 238,316 mcf, as compared to 34,554 mcf as of Jan. 20, and 211,732 mcf as of Dec. 20.

Operator Furie had been making steady progress in the offshore gas field, having completed its planned 2018 drilling program and thus curing a 2017 default with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Oil and Gas, along with securing approval in December of its new plan of development for the Kitchen Lights unit.

Furie ran into problems in January with hydrate plugs at the unit’s onshore processing facility and in the 15-mile subsea pipeline from the Julius R offshore production platform, which eventually slowed natural gas delivery to a trickle later that month. Gas output fell from 739,023 thousand cubic feet to a mere 1,886 mcf in February.

“We have safely restored utility and communication between our onshore natural gas processing plant and the Julius platform over this past weekend,” the company’s top executive for Alaska, Scott Pinsonnault, told Petroleum News in a March 19 email. He said Furie would spend the next few weeks making sure that the line was completely clear, functional and safe before restoring gas production from the field.

—KAY CASHMAN

Hilcorp to use Spartan 151 for Granite Point sidetracks

Hilcorp Alaska plans to use the Spartan 151, or a similar jack-up, to drill as many as four sidetrack wells from existing wellbores at the Granite Point Platform. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Oil and Gas said in an approval of the unit plan of operations dated May 16 that the proposed wells will be drilled to bottom-hole depths between 7,000 and 16,000 feet. Rig mobilization is expected to begin by June 1, with an estimated 30 to 60 days per each well completion. Drilling activities and rig demobilization will conclude by Nov. 15.

The division said three primary targets have been identified.

—KRISTEN NELSON

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