Offshore Field Development Projects
Solan
Operator:Premier Oil
Water Depth:135 m / 446 ft
Region:Europe - North Sea
Country:UK
Last Updated:Jul 1, 2014    (view update history)
Project Description
The Solan field is located in Block 205/26a in the UK sector of the North Sea in a water depth of 443 feet (135 meters). Premier operates the block with a 60 percent stake; while Chrysaor holds the remaining interest.

Block 205/26a was initially awarded during the 4th Licensing Round by the DECC in 1971 to 1972. Solan was discovered in 1991 by the drilling of well 205/26a-4, and then further appraised in 2008 and 2009.

The results from the wells were very encouraging and in May 2009 Chrysaor embarked upon a further appraisal drilling program to investigate additional reservoir volumes and enable a firm field development plan to be completed. Further horizontal appraisal well legs 205/26a-8,8z and 8y were subsequently drilled to more fully delineate the Solan ...
The Solan field is located in Block 205/26a in the UK sector of the North Sea in a water depth of 443 feet (135 meters). Premier operates the block with a 60 percent stake; while Chrysaor holds the remaining interest.

Block 205/26a was initially awarded during the 4th Licensing Round by the DECC in 1971 to 1972. Solan was discovered in 1991 by the drilling of well 205/26a-4, and then further appraised in 2008 and 2009.

The results from the wells were very encouraging and in May 2009 Chrysaor embarked upon a further appraisal drilling program to investigate additional reservoir volumes and enable a firm field development plan to be completed. Further horizontal appraisal well legs 205/26a-8,8z and 8y were subsequently drilled to more fully delineate the Solan reservoir, including a full pilot hole for the first producing well. When all data had been gathered the well was also suspended for re-use as top-hole in an eventual development well.

Field Development

The field development will compromise a horizontal production well incorporating dual electric submersible pumps and a subsea horizontal water injection well to provide additional pressure support. The field will be further developed by two or three wells, depending on reservoir performance.

The producer well will be a re-entry and sidetrack of the previously drilled 205/26a-8/8z/8y appraisal well whereas the injection well will be a re-entry and sidetrack of the previously drilled 205/26a-7/7z appraisal well.

The wells will be tied-back to a fixed platform compromising a steel tower and deck and a subsea storage tank, with a 300,000 barrel storage capacity. Oil export will be via a shuttle tanker with an offload occurring every few weeks.

Initial production rates are anticipated to be 12 to 15,000 bopd with the initial injection rate being 20,000 bopd.

Solan, with an estimated field life of 20 years, is expected to come online in 2014.
Activities
Status Updates
Aker Solutions Awarded Solan Contract
Type: Development Activity

Apr. 2013 - Aker Solutions has been awarded a $46.1 million contract to provide hook-up, commissioning and facility management services for Premier Oil's Solan field development. Solan is located in block 205/26a west of Shetland. The project will see two subsea production and injection wells tied back to a fixed production platform. Duration of the contract will be three years from first oil with two one-year options. Production is expected to begin near the end of 2014 with an initial flow rate of 24,000 barrels per day.

Premier Awards Contract to ADIL
Type: Development Activity

Sep. 2012 - Premier Oil awarded a contract worth $24.3 million to Aberdeen-based energy consulting firm ADIL to provide people and systems for the execution phase of the Solan field in the UK North Sea. ADIL spent the previous two years providing similar services to the field's former operator, Chrysaor, during the development phase. The contract will conclude once the field is brought into production, currently scheduled for 4Q 2014. ADIL personnel will oversee construction of the jacket and topsides as well as a 300,000 barrel subsea storage tank. Once brought online, Solan is expected to produce 40 million barrels of oil at an initial rate of 24,000 barrels per day.

Premier Gets Govt Nod for Solan Development
Type: Status Update

Apr. 2012 - The Department of Energy and Climate Change has approved Premier's Field Development Plan for the Solan field in the UK sector of the North Sea. The Premier-operated Solan field is expected to produce approximately 40 million barrels of oil with an estimated initial production rate of 24,000 bopd commencing in the fourth quarter of 2014. This is a significant project which will entail the drilling of four subsea wells (two producers and two water injectors) tied-back to a processing deck supported by a jacket. It is planned that the facilities will not be permanently manned after one year of operations. Oil will be stored in a subsea tank prior to being offloaded to shuttle tankers. Premier has entered into an agreement with Awilco Drilling for the provision of the WilPhoenix (mid-water semisub) for Solan. Drilling will commence in the second quarter of 2013. It is expected that the packages for the procurement and fabrication of the topsides and jacket will be awarded shortly to Burntisland Fabricators while the contract for the installation of the jacket, topsides and subsea tank has been awarded to Heerema.

Solan Platform
Under Construction - Apr 2012 to -

Prospect - 2011 to Apr 2012

Solan
Under Development - May 2011 to -

The Solan field will be developed by means of four subsea wells comprising two production and two injection wells. These wells will be tied back to jacket-supported not normally manned facilities utilizing a 300,000 bbls capacity steel subsea storage tank. Oil export will be via shuttle tanker with an offload occurring every few weeks.

Appraisal Drilling - Jun 2008 to Jul 2009

Chrysaor completed two successful appraisal wells on the previously fallow 205/26a-4 Solan discovery, 205/26a-7/7z drilled in summer 2008 and 205/26a-8/8z/8y drilled in summer 2009.

Discovery (Drilled) - 1991 to 1991

Update History
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UPDATE TYPE DATE DAYS AGO
Facility Status Updated Jul 01, 2014 50
Facility Status Added Jul 01, 2014 50
Facility Updated Jul 01, 2014 50
Field Updated Apr 12, 2013 495
Facility Updated Apr 12, 2013 495
Activity Added Apr 11, 2013 496
Field Updated Sep 19, 2012 700
Activity Added Sep 19, 2012 700
Field Updated Apr 25, 2012 847
Project Description Updated Apr 25, 2012 847
Facility Updated Apr 25, 2012 847
Activity Added Apr 25, 2012 847
Field Status Updated Mar 02, 2012 901
Project Description Added Mar 02, 2012 901
Facility Added Mar 02, 2012 901
Facility Status Added Mar 02, 2012 901
Field Updated Mar 02, 2012 901
Facility Updated Mar 02, 2012 901
Field Status Added Mar 02, 2012 901
Field Added May 31, 2011 1177
Field Status Added May 31, 2011 1177

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Facility Name Solan Platform
Duty Oil/Gas
Operator Premier Oil
Current Status Under Construction since 2012
Host Type Fixed Platform
Water Depth 135 m / 446 ft
Dev.Cost n/a
 
Region UK
 
Location P164, 205/26a
 
Field Name Solan
Discovery Date Jan 1991
Block P.164, 205/26a
Reserve Type Oil
Current Status Under Development
Production Start
Water Depth 135 m / 446 ft