UK-based oil and gas company Hurricane Energy has completed the installation of a turret mooring system at the Lancaster field.

The installation also included the newly-constructed buoy for the Aoka Mizu FPSO at the field.

Drilled in 2009, the Lancaster field is located approximately 160m in relatively shallow water.

Hurricane used the Normand Installer offshore construction vessel along with associated support vessels for the installation operation.

This operation allows the installation of the subsea umbilical, risers and flowlines (SURF), which is the last phase of the offshore installation programme designed for the Aoka Mizu FPSO.

"The SURF installation campaign is due to commence shortly, with the mobilisation of subsea equipment expected to begin in the coming weeks."

Hurricane Energy CEO Dr Robert Trice said: “We are delighted to have completed this weather sensitive turret mooring system installation.

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“The SURF installation campaign is due to commence shortly, with the mobilisation of subsea equipment expected to begin in the coming weeks. We look forward to providing further updates in the run-up to first oil, which remains on track for 1H 2019.”

In addition, the company concluded well completion operations for the early production system development of the Lancaster Field as well as mentioned that the Paul B Loyd Jr. rig departed from the field last month.

According to the company, both production wells are currently in place to be tied-in to the subsea infrastructure for the development.

The company completed drilling of five wells at the Lancaster field, which has 2P Reserves and 2C Contingent Resources of 523 million stock tank barrels of oil.

Currently in the first phase of development, the project involves a two well tie-back to the Aoka Mizu FPSO and is expected to initially produce 17,000 barrels of oil per day.

Hurricane specialises in discovering, appraising and developing hydrocarbon resources related to naturally fractured basement reservoirs.