Orlando Field Offtake Arrangements Agreed; First Oil Expected in 2016


Atlantic Petroleum, together with Iona Energy UK Limited (Iona), has signed all necessary agreements with CNR International (UK) Limited (CNR) securing the offtake arrangements for the Orlando field development.

Orlando is a single well development which will tie-back to the Ninian Central Platform (NCP). The Field Development Plan was approved in April 2013. Orlando will initially deliver approximately 2,600 boe/d net to Atlantic Petroleum. The proven plus probable reserves were estimated by the independent reserves auditor Gaffney Cline Associates in 2013 to be 3.8MMboe net to Atlantic Petroleum.

The Construction and Tie-in Agreement describes how the parties will work together to deliver first oil from the Orlando development with a stated joint objective of first oil by the end of 2016. Integrated planning is already at an advanced stage to commence the installation of brownfield equipment on NCP in 2015. Subsea installation and drilling activities are planned to commence in spring 2016.

The development plan for Orlando comprises of re-entering the suspended 3/3b-13z well, drilling a 3,000 foot horizontal section to be completed with dual Electric Submersible Pumps (ESPs). A subsea pipeline, power supply and control umbilical will be laid between the well-head and NCP approximately 10 km to the south west of the Orlando field.

The manufacture of the Orlando line pipe is complete as are the power cables for the ESPs. Umbilical manufacturing is underway for delivery in early 2016. Manufacture of the control system and Xmas Tree are ongoing. Contractual arrangements for the balance of the subsea equipment are in the process of being finalised in line with the end 2016 first oil schedule.

Ben Arabo, CEO of Atlantic Petroleum said:

“We are delighted to have completed the contracts necessary to secure the export route and the commitment of the Ninian Field Operator to receive and process the production from the Orlando field. This is the final step in the commercial arrangements to allow the field development to progress towards first oil production before the end of 2016. Orlando is an important part of our growth plans; we expect to more than double our current production by the end of 2016. We look forward to working with Iona and the Ninian partners on project execution and completion.”

Tom Reynolds, CEO of Iona Energy said:

“Orlando is an important asset for Iona and will not only help diversify the production portfolio, it will also significantly increase production levels when it comes on stream. With the off take route established and contracted this development will move ahead at pace.”

Dave Whitehouse, Vice President of Development Operations of CNR added:

“CNR is pleased to be working with Iona to bring additional production volumes back to the Ninian Central host platform. The Orlando development is an important development for this key North Sea hub.”



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