Client: Neptune E&P UK Ltd

Austen Field Development Concept Study

Location: United Kingdom
Value Added by Xodus

+ Effective application of our class leading experience in the development of waxy high pressure-high temperature marginal fields.
+ Integration of multi-discipline engineering team covering all aspects of the development design.
+ Rapid and efficient production of high level CAPEX estimates for a wide range of development options that enabled effective and realistic commercial screening.
+ In depth knowledge of the capabilities and status of local infrastructure enabled commercial negotiations with potential 3rd party hosts to be efficiently targeted.

Project Background

Austen (formerly Jacqui) is situated in UKCS block 30/13b in the Central North Sea in a water depth of approximately 70 m. Austen contains a waxy gas-condensate discovery and two oil discoveries, all high pressure-high temperature plus two undrilled compartments. 

Xodus Group were engaged by Neptune to examine all potential development options for Austen, including potential co-developments with other local fields.

Xodus Group’s scope included: 

+ Evaluate all design concepts available for producing a high pressure / high temperature gas-condensate discovery.
+ Evaluate potential of co-developments with other fields within the local area.
+ Concepts examined included new fixed structures, floating structures and subsea developments back to existing infrastructure within an 80km radius.
+ Examine the high level requirements for reception facilities on all existing infrastructure within an 80km radius.
+ Examine the detailed requirements for a range of reception facilities (from minimum impact facilities through to new reception separators and heaters).
+ Integrate with Neptune’s subsurface and economics teams to efficiently realise the true value of the options examined.

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