Hurricane Energy PLC disclosed June 5 that it has started production at the Lancaster field, which is located in the U.K. Continental Shelf.
The U.K.-based oil and gas producer said the combined flow from two wells during the 72-hour production test reached and maintained the planned production rate of 20,000 barrels of oil per day.
The Aoka Mizu floating production storage and offloading vessel's start-up phase was also completed with the production test.
The company also expects average production rates to reach 9,000 bbl/d in the first three months and 13,000 bbl/d in six months. Hurricane targets an initial average annual production rate of 17,000 bbl/d in the field.
"We have successfully achieved our start-up data acquisition objectives and commenced the evaluation of this material," Hurricane Energy Founder, CEO and Executive Director Robert Trice said. "Up to 12 months of stable production will be required in order to provide a clear view of the reservoir and enable us to plan for associated full field development scenarios."
The production start was also achieved on time and within budget, Trice added.
Hurricane Energy holds a 100% stake in the project.