SLB to deliver core services for the wells on the Orcadian Energy’s pilot project

LONDON, UK: Orcadian Energy has entered into a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SLB (formerly Schlumberger) to deliver core services for the wells on the Company’s Pilot project.

SLB made a compelling commercial and technical proposal with a strong focus on decarbonisation. The parties now plan to develop a comprehensive Project Agreement for provision of the services.

Steve Brown, Orcadian’s CEO, commented: “We are delighted to be working with SLB to deliver the Pilot wells. Pilot is currently planned to be developed with thirty-four wells; and delivering those wells for the least cost with the right completion technologies to maximise sweep of the reservoir is critical to the success of the Pilot development.

“Pilot is a key UKCS development project which should pave the way for the industry to unlock up to 3 billion barrels of viscous oil discoveries on the UKCS. By adopting leading technologies, such as polymer flooding and floating wind power, we believe we can deliver these developments with ultra-low emissions that will restore the UKCS to its rightful place as the leading energy basin in the world as we deliver a Secure Transition.

“The early involvement of key supply chain partners such as SLB and Petrofac is essential to ensure that we access the very best technologies and capabilities that the industry has to offer enabling us to successfully deliver the Pilot project.”

Rob Fox, SLB’s MD for UK & Europe, said: “SLB is committed to supporting Orcadian Energy in securing accessible and sustainable energy to meet growing energy demand in the UKCS via the Pilot project. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Orcadian and believe our vast portfolio of energy transition technologies will assist in delivering a highly innovative and decarbonised development project at Pilot.

“Aligned with SLB’s new focus on delivering energy solutions at the lowest possible emissions footprint, we believe this prospective project is a tremendous example of how any new North Sea field should be delivered. We look forward to helping Orcadian Energy unlock the value of this superb project.”

Orcadian and Petrofac, Orcadian’s selected well operator, approached the well services market in July this year to elicit proposals from well service contractors to support the Pilot field well construction programme. SLB made an especially compelling commercial and technical proposal with a strong focus on decarbonisation. This will ensure alignment of interests between Orcadian and SLB, and provide a strong foundation for the overall project financing and development.

In oil and gas development, we believe nothing matters quite as much as the well-reservoir interface and the well completion itself. Partnering with SLB, which is a global technology company that drives energy innovation and has a wide range of capabilities and technologies, should ensure the successful delivery of the Pilot project.

Petrofac has supported Orcadian since 2018, having assisted the Company in the concept select process, and will be appointed as well operator by Orcadian.

Orcadian and SLB now plan to develop a comprehensive Project Agreement to detail the terms and conditions for the provision of core services. The finalisation of the Project Agreement is subject to, amongst other items due diligence and drafting of legal documents, so it is possible that the Project Agreement may not be executed, but the Directors have every expectation that it will be.

In the near term, the Company and SLB also intend to progress a project value optimisation process, SLB will be engaged under a separate consulting arrangement. The intention of this process is to deliver a plan for the drilling and completion of the Pilot wells which will maximise economic recovery and minimise emissions from both the well construction process and the operation of the downhole pumps on the wells. The Directors believe that having access to the full range of technologies which SLB has to offer will help immeasurably in the process of finalising the Field Development Plan.

The Company also intends to include an incentive arrangement for the contracting partners focussed on delivering the optimum number of wells to maximise efficient sweep of the reservoir, at the least cost, and with the lowest emissions possible.

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