Juliet Gas Field, Block 47/14b, North Sea, United Kingdom
Juliet is a shallow water gas field situated in the block 47/14b of the UK Continental Shelf in the southern North Sea, at a water depth of 193.6ft. It is located approximately 24 miles east of the Lincolnshire coast.
GDF SUEZ E&P UK, a fully owned oil and gas exploration and production subsidiary of GDF SUEZ Group, is the operator of the field. Its net equity interest in the field is 51.56%. First Oil Expro has net equity interest of 29.44% in the field.
Hansa Hydrocarbons, a London-based exploration and production company, became the third owner of the Juliet project after acquiring a 19% working interest from First Oil in October 2010. First Oil originally had 48.44% working interest.
The project partners sanctioned investments for the development of the field in August 2012.
Discovery of Juliet
Juliet was discovered in December 2008. The discovery well, 47/14b-10, was drilled to a total depth of 9,502ft by Noble Corporation's Noble Piet van Ede drill rig. It flowed at the rate of 38 million standard cubic feet a day (mmcfd).
Geology and reserves of the gas field
The Juliet reservoir is situated in the Southern Gas Basin. Its sands are made up of gas bearing Leman Sandstone, which itself is part of the larger sandstone group known as Rotliegend. This sandstone is regarded as the most significant natural gas reservoir in the region.
The Juliet has P50 reserves of 56 billion cubic feet. The reserve estimate, however, is expected to step-up after the reprocessing of new seismic showed increased gas initially in place (GIIP) leves=ls.
At peak, the field is anticipated to produce 80mmcfd. This is equivalent to one percent of UK's total demand for natural gas in 2011.
North Sea-based field development
The field development plan (FDP) for the Juliet was submitted for governmental approval in June 2010. It was ratified by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in June 2012.
The partners have planned to develop the Juliet field as a subsea tie-back to the Pickerill A platform, which is operated by Perenco, an Anglo-French oil and gas firm headquartered in London.
Field development plans include construction of two horizontal subsea wells and installation of a new export pipeline up to the Perenco's platform.
It also includes installation of a control umbilical, riser, J-tube and an eductor on the platform. The export pipeline will be approximately 13.7 miles long and 12-inch in diameter.
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Development drilling is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2013. Construction of topsides and subsea facilities will follow. First gas from the field is planned for the fourth quarter of 2013.
The developed facilities will have an operational life of 15 years.
The Juliet gas from Pickerill A platform will be routed to Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal (TGT) located on the Lincolnshire coast using existing infrastructure. Inaugurated in 1972, the TGT is owned by ConocoPhillips.
The field was originally planned to be developed as a subsea tie-back to Amethyst A2D platform operated by BP, and production was targeted for December 2011.
The development got delayed as the host platform remained non-committal.
Contracts awarded for the UKCS project
Front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for the Juliet field was carried out by Xodus Group, an international energy consultancy with headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland.
As per the contract, which was signed in August 2010, the company was also required to conduct a geotechnical assessment and develop guidance notes with respect to subsea systems operations and maintenance, and pre-commissioning.
The contract for subsea development, which comprises installation of control umbilical, export pipeline and subsea manifold, is expected to be awarded in the third quarter of 2012.
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